Monument record PFM 015 - First World War practice trenches visible as cropmarks

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Practice trenches, probably of First World War date, are visible as cropmarks on a golf course to the north-east of Hillngdon House, Purdis Farm parish.


Grid reference Centred TM 21144 43058 (122m by 62m)
Map sheet TM24SW


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Full Description

A number of practice trenches of First World War date are visible on aerial photographs as cropmarks centred on circa TM211430, approximately 150 metres to the north-east of Hillingdon House, Purdis Farm Parish. They are clearly visible on the fairway of a golf course, apparently cutting across a double ditched enclosure, also visible as a cropmark (see PFM 014). The date and function of this oval feature are unclear and it may in fact be related to the military activity in this area, and the trenches in particular. Most of the trenches are zigzag and crenellated in form, typical of First World War earthworks, but at least two linear ditches can also be seen which may be military in origin, and have therefore also been transcribed. (S1-4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/LA/27 3038 05-AUG-1944.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/2287 5005-6 14-SEP-1947.
  • <S3> Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Ltd. Meridian - Air Photograph. MAL 94065 056-57 03-NOV-1965.
  • <S4> Photograph: OS, AP. OS OS/66/189 187-188 23-JUL-1966.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Apr 26 2016 4:04PM

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