Monument record ADB 151 - A Post Medieval boat hard at Slaughden.

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A Post Medieval boat hard at Slaughden, near Martello tower CC, Aldeburgh


Grid reference Centred TM 46263 55020 (98m by 4m)
Map sheet TM45NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A Post Medieval boat hard roughly 110m north of Martello tower CC at circa TM46245501, is visible as a structure and possible earthworks on aerial photographs from 1940 onwards (S1). The hard is marked on the first and second edition Ordnance Survey maps of circa 1884 and 1904, setting the date for its construction in the Post Medieval period (S2, S3). The hard is visible as a post-built structure running for about 32m from circa TM4621501 to circa TM46245501, where it meets, and possibly crosses, sand dunes. The hard may continue into the dunes, but any structure that may be present cannot be seen clearly on the photographs, although a possible revetted earthwork may be visible on 1952 photography (S4). A channel cut into the saltmarsh runs alongside the hard from circa TM4625 to the beach, ending at about TM46295502. This runs parallel to the location of the hard and if it is part of this feature it may have allowed access to both the river and sea. The boat hard appears to have suffered damage to its eastern end during the storms of 1953, and is visible in a truncated form up to 1972 (S5, S6).

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2E/BR11/12 2 13-Aug-1940.
  • <S2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. Circa 1884.
  • <S3> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25". Circa 1904.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/877 5216-5217 21-May-1952.
  • <S5> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/1007 4-5 04-Feb-1953.
  • <S6> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/72057 107-108 24-Mar-1972.

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Record last edited

Sep 25 2013 4:03PM

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