Monument record BAW 086 - World War II strongpoint , now fallen into the sea

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World War II strongpoint, Bawdsey


Grid reference Centred TM 35415 39510 (107m by 106m)
Map sheet TM33NE


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

A military strongpoint of World War II date can be seen on aerial photographs from 1945. It consists of a hexagonal pillbox, located on the cliff edge with a length of barbed wire obstruction enclosing its western side. There may be other small stretches of barbed wire around the feature but the photographs are unclear. (S1) There is also activity evident at this location in 1940, possibly another stretch of barbed wire and a trench in the centre where the pillbox was later to be constructed. These features have not be plotted however as the photographs are too poor to allow a confident interpretation. (S2)
The barbed wire has been removed by 1948, but the pillbox is still visible in 1971 (S3) and is still depicted on the modern base map.
Also seen as part of field survey of Suffolk coast - hexagonal concrete pillbox (type 22). S4
Type 22 pillbox. Single-storey hexagonal plan. Door in NW wall protected by an 'L' plan blast wall. The blast wall has been damaged by gun fire (S5)
2014: AP appears so show that this pillbox has now collapsed into the sea (S6).

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/929 4424 16-OCT-1945.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2/BR11/10 B15 22-JUL-1940.
  • <S3> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/71030 009 10-APR-1971.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. 2003. Assessment Report, Rapid Field Survey of the Suffolk Coast and Intertidal Zone. Everett 2003.
  • <S5> Digital archive: Defence of Britain Project archive. UORN: S0006072.
  • <S6> Web Page: Bing maps 2014.

Finds (0)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Sep 20 2014 3:10PM

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