Monument record MRM 140 - World War II defences on the Swale (Mod)

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Type-22 and Type-23 Pillbox, a Heated room, Lewis gun-emplacement, a HFDF Tower in an octagonal curtain wall, a Hut and two shafts and graffiti.


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A Level 2 survey of World War II structures on land known as The Swale was carried out in advance of proposed residential development on land adjacent to Adastral Park, Martlesham, Ipswich. The structures recorded comprise a Type-22 and Type-23 Pillbox, a Heated room, a Lewis gun-emplacement, a HFDF (High Frequency Direction Finder) Tower in an octagonal curtain wall, a Hut and two shafts. Most, if not all, are structures built for the 'Defence of Britain' from 1940 onwards. Together these buildings are a good example of a range of defence structures used in conjunction, there is also survival of camouflage paint on the type 23 pillbox and the contemporary graffiti in the type 22 pillbox (S1, S2, S3).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Muldowney, M.. 2008. Building Recording Report, World War II defences on the Swale, Brightwell Heath, Ipswich MRM 140.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Sommers, M. 2008. Historic Building Record, Adastral Park, Martlesham.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Brooks, R. 2012. Martlesham Heath WWII structures, Martlesham, MRM 140.

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Record last edited

Apr 5 2012 9:53AM

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