Monument record IKN 099 - Possible World War II temporary camp, including slit trenches and craters.

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Possible temporary camp, slit trenches and craters, of World War II date, visible southeast of Hill Farm. Formerly IKN 026


Grid reference Centred TM 42601 55125 (331m by 277m)
Map sheet TM45NW


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

An area of intensive military activity, including a possible temporary camp site, slit trenches, craters and possible indications of experimental weaponry training, visible in 1945 around TM 426551 (southeast of Hill Farm). (S1) The slit trenches line the hedge adjacent to the road on the north side of this area (and are visible on 1943 photography unlike the other features (S2)), with a group of six large craters to the south. There is extensive parching or scuffing of the field to the south and east of these craters, suggesting a possible camp site, within which are a number of small craters. At least three of these small craters seem to have spiralling blast lines radiating outwards and it has been suggested that these are the result of experimental weapons. (S3) This area is within an extensive area on the south side of the Alde Estuary used during World War II for armoured vehicle training and there are a number of military sites in the area. By 1955, the area is being ploughed. (S4)
Formerly IKN 026

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/832 3154-3155.
  • <S2> Photograph: USAAF. USAAF Air Photograph. US/7PH/GP/LOC132 5052.
  • <S3> Verbal communication: Personal communication. R.T. Thomas (English Heritage).
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/1674 F22 109-110.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Aug 6 2013 2:29PM

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