Monument record FEX 248 - probable World War I trench crossing Landguard Common.

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Summary

A probable World War I trench crossing Landguard Common, south of Felixstowe

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 28852 32562 (163m by 116m)
Map sheet TM23SE
Civil Parish FELIXSTOWE, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

Map

Type and Period (2)

Full Description

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)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106W/LA/1 3039-3040 18-APR-1944.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/633 Pt III 5131-5132 18-APR-1951.
  • <S3> Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Ltd. Meridian - Air Photograph. MAL/65096 106-107 06-NOV-1965.
  • <S4> Verbal communication: Newsome, S.. 2001 -. Suffolk Coastal NMP Project. Sarah Newsome 18/12/02.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jul 19 2013 12:56PM

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