Monument record ADB 062 - World War II anti-aircraft ditches.

Please read our .


World War II anti-aircraft ditches, Aldeburgh


Grid reference Centred TM 46632 59125 (407m by 278m)
Map sheet TM45NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

An area of second world war anti-aircraft ditches is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs from 1941 onwards, centred on TM46665913. This area was laid out at some time before December 1941, and is composed of long thin ditches, on average around 100 to 150m in length and 2 to 3m wide, bordered by circular dumps of spoil around 3 to 4m in diameter, arranged in a chess board pattern of squares. They were intended to prevent enemy aircraft from landing on the open coastal ground. Some of the ditches in this area were incorporated into a land drainage system, and consequently they are visible on aerial photographs for many years after the war. (S1-S3).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2A/BR167 10-11 17-Dec-1941.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/1672 141-142 03-Mar-1955.
  • <S3> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/69011 28-29 10-Mar-1969.

Finds (0)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Sep 25 2013 3:24PM

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.