MMO1382 - World War Two infantry section post on Porlock/Bossington Beach (Monument)

Summary

A Second World War pillbox known as an infantry section post, visible as a structure, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1941.

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A Second World War pillbox known as an infantry section post at SS 8757 4793, visible as a structure, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1941. Located on the high water line on the shingle of Porlock/Bossington Beach about 424 metres North North West of the duck decoy at Porlock, the 15.5 metres long structure consists of two connected covered linear concrete trenches about 2.5 metres wide forming a very shallow `v' shape, constructed with a substantial flat concrete roof. Square embrasures are located along each wing facing north-north-west out to sea. At the centre rear of the structure, an open square area may have contained a light anti-aircraft gun, next to which is the entrance to the structure. In the centre front of the structure is a square roofed extension with a single square embrasure, possibly for use by a machine gun. The structure was still extant in 1958 but was no longer visible in 1979. [1-5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 8747/19 (MSO31206/011) (27 Jun 1941).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79013 157-158 (17 Apr 1979).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. RAF 58/2555 PSFO/P1 0145 (1Sept 1958).
  • <4> Website: Wikipedia. 2007. Wikipedia: British Hardened Field Defences of WWII.
  • <5>XY Archive: Crowther, S., Dickson, A. and Truscoe, K.. 2007. Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 84 NE. MD000130. [Mapped feature: #35183 ]
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1453611, Extant 21 February 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8757 4793 (15m by 12m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS84NE
Civil Parish PORLOCK, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE128
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1453611
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)

Record last edited

Feb 21 2022 10:19AM

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