Monument record FEX 248 - probable World War I trench crossing Landguard Common.
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 28852 32562 (163m by 116m)|
|Civil Parish||FELIXSTOWE, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (2)
A probable World War I trench is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs taken from 1944 onwards, running across Landguard Common for an overall distance of roughly 250m, from TM 28733261 to TM 28903251. The trench is clearly visible to the north-west of the former Landguard Road and is in the classic "crenellated" pattern of World War I trenches. It appears to continue to the south-east of the road but is less well defined. The lack of spoil around the trench on the photographs taken in 1944 seems to suggest that the trench was excavated before the World War II defences were constructed, this earlier date also being supported by the design of the trench. (S1) (S2) (S3) The trench may have been a practice trench excavated by soldiers stationed at Landguard Fort but it is more likely that this trench forms part of the World War I land defences which were constructed on the peninsular at that time. (S4)
- <S1> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106W/LA/1 3039-3040 18-APR-1944.
- <S2> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/633 Pt III 5131-5132 18-APR-1951.
- <S3> SXS50090 Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Ltd. Meridian - Air Photograph. MAL/65096 106-107 06-NOV-1965.
- <S4> SXS50100 Verbal communication: Newsome, S.. 2001 -. Suffolk Coastal NMP Project. Sarah Newsome 18/12/02.
- None recorded
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Record last edited
Jul 19 2013 12:56PM