MMO1373 - World War Two type 24 pillbox east of Porlockford Plantation (Monument)

Summary

The structure was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1941 and 1946 and was a slightly irregular hexagon with one wall longer than the other five and disguised with the addition of a false pitched roof. It was no longer visible in 1958.

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Full Description

SS 8714 4753 A possible Second World War type 24 pillbox, visible as a structure, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1941 and 1946. Located overlooking Porlock Beach on a field boundary adjacent to Porlockford Plantation, the concrete pillbox is a slightly irregular hexagon, 6.5 metres at its widest point, with one wall longer than the other five. In 1941 the pillbox's function was disguised with the addition of a false pitched roof, constructed from what appears to be corrugated iron sheeting, though this has been removed by 1946. The structure was no longer visible in 1958. [1-4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR 8747/22 (MSO31206/014) (27 June 1941).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 3023-3024 (11 July 1946).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. RAF 58/2555 PSFO/P1 0148 (1 September 1958).
  • <4>XY Archive: Crowther, S., Dickson, A. and Truscoe, K.. 2007. Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 84 NE. MD000130. [Mapped feature: #47856 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1453591, Extant 17 February 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8714 4753 (9m by 9m)
Map sheet SS84NE
Civil Parish PORLOCK, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 3 tidal
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE124
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1453591

Record last edited

Feb 17 2022 1:34PM

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