Monument record HLY 079 - World War II strongpoint on the saltmarsh of the River Ore.
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 38555 45542 (76m by 73m)|
|Civil Parish||HOLLESLEY, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (3)
A World War II strongpoint is visible on aerial photographs of the early 1940s onwards as structures built on the saltmarsh of the River Ore in Hollesley parish, centred on circa TM38554553. The strongpoint consists of a hexagonal pillbox and slit trench on the shingle, located just above the mean high water mark, surrounded by circa 240m of barbed wire forming an enclosure of circa 0.4ha. A second structure may be visible on unclear photographs of 1940, but if so, it has been removed by 1941. The strongpoint is one of a number of coastal anti-invasion defences sites in this area. A number of these were constructed before August 1940 (see HLY 078, HLY 080), with most of the remaining hardened defences being erected by October 1941 (see HLY 076-7). The strongpint also appears to be connected with a possible minefield obstruction across the Ore in this area (see HLY 081). The pillbox is still visible on aerial photographs of the 1970s, and is marked on the current OS base map. (S1-4)
- <S1> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF BR11/12 25-6 13-AUG-1940.
- <S2> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF BR/289 16-17 07/JAN/1942.
- <S3> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/832 3120-1 23-SEP-1945.
- <S4> SSF50066 Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/71030 012-3 10-APR-1971.
- None recorded
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Record last edited
Jul 30 2013 12:27PM