MMO1386 - World War Two infantry section post on 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 8817 4799, visible as a structure, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1941. Located on the high water line on the shingle of Bossington Beach about 600 metres North East 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 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]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 8847/4 (MSO31206/008) (27 June 1941).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. RAF 58/2555 PSFO/P1 0140 (1 September 1958).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79013 157-158 (17 April 1979).
  • <4> Website: Various. Various. World Wide Web page. British hardened field defences of WWII http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_hardened_field_defences.
  • <5> Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 84 NE. MD000130.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8817 4799 (17m by 9m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS84NE
Civil Parish PORLOCK, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 2 tidal
  • 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 NE130
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1453623
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)

Record last edited

Jul 11 2016 4:05PM

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