Monument record WLB 011 - World War II anti-glider ditches to the north of East Sheep Walk, Walberswick

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Summary

World War II anti-glider ditches to the north of East Sheep Walk, Walberswick

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 4798 7457 (460m by 279m) (Approximate)
Map sheet TM47SE
Civil Parish WALBERSWICK, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

Map

Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Linear marks and apparent pit alignment. No regular configuration - could be drainage features. Seen as cropmarks on air photographs (S1).

Above interpretation can be seen to be incorrect when looking at aerial photographs from World War II date, as the anti-glider trenches are clearly visible as earthworks and are some of many such features in this area.
Anti-glider ditches are visible on 1945 aerial photographs (S2,S3) to the north of East Sheep Walk. The ditches are visible as earthworks with small, circular piles of spoil, or irregular banks of spoil, adjacent to them. They vary in length from c 120m to c 260m. The features can still be seen on 1953 aerial photographs (S4), but by this date they have been ploughed out and appear as soilmarks.

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> (No record type): Warner P, APs BZK 29-31.
  • <M1> (No record type): APs: (P Warner) BZK 29-31.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK929 Frms4124-4125 16-Oct-1945.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK602 Frm4009 4-Aug-1945.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 58/RAF/1256 F21 Frms0006-0007 3-Sep-1953.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Oct 21 2004 4:59PM

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