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Monument Number 1542630

Hob Uid: 1542630
Location :
Medway
Hoo St. Werburgh, High Halstow
Grid Ref : TQ7782573494
Summary : Part of a Second World War anti tank ditch, constructed in 1940 across the Hoo peninsula from the north bank of the Medway near Hoo St Werburgh to the south bank of the Thames at Higham Creek (Monument 1542577). The ditch across Hoo was part of the system of GHQ Stop Lines designed to halt or delay the advance of a German invasion force landing in southern and south eastern England. The section described in this record ran from Kingshill, on the east side of Hoo St Werburgh, to the east gate of the Lodge Hill Ordnance Depot (Monument 1077634), a distance of 758 metres. This part of the anti tank ditch is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs although the first photographs, taken in 1944, show this section already out of use and being backfilled. The other parts of the Stop Line ditch, as well as the many pillboxes, gun emplacements and roadblocks that accompanied it, have been recorded separately. The whole anti tank ditch system on Hoo has been mapped from aerial photographs as part of the English Heritage: Hoo Peninsula Landscape Project.
More information : Centred at TQ 7793 7345. Part of a Second World War anti tank ditch, constructed in 1940 across the Hoo peninsula from the north bank of the Medway near Hoo St Werburgh to the south bank of the Thames at Higham Creek (Monument 1542577). The ditch across Hoo was part of the system of GHQ Stop Lines designed to halt or delay the advance of a German invasion force landing in southern and south eastern England. (1)

The section described in this record is centred on the Ratcliffe Highway at TQ 7793 7345, and ran parallel to Bells Lane from Kingshill, on the east side of Hoo St Werburgh (TQ 7827 7307 ), to the east gate of the Lodge Hill Ordnance Depot (Monument 1077634) at TQ 7738 7391, a distance of 758 metres. The first aerial photographs of this section, taken in 1944, show the anti tank ditch already out of use and being backfilled, with mounds of earth visible alongside the former ditch. (2-3)

The other parts of the Stop Line ditch, as well as many pillboxes, gun emplacements and roadblocks that accompanied it, have been recorded separately (adjacent Stop Line sections are MonumentS 1542610, to the south, and 1542646, to the north). Supporting defensive features associated with this section of the Stop Line include: four pillboxes along a small track parallel with Bells Lane (Monuments 1418684, 1418683, 1426745, 1418711); a pillbox (Monument 1418681) and ROC post (Monument 1413773) on Ratcliffe Highway; pillbox on Dux Court Road (Monument 1418680); roadblocks and pillboxes on Dux Court Road around the east gate of the Lodge Hill Depot where the route of an old tramway enters the depot (roadblock ??, pillbox Monument 1441601, tramway Monument ??); a roadblock and pillbox directly in front of the entrance to the depot (roadblock Monument 1426742; pillbox 1544248).

The whole anti tank ditch system on Hoo has been mapped from aerial photographs as part of the English Heritage: Hoo Peninsula Landscape Project. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Beaches, fields, streets and hills: the anti-invasion landscape of England, 1940
Source details : Foot, W.
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR US/7GR/LOC348 2065 27-MAY-1944
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Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF/CPE/UK/1923 4081 16-JAN-1947
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Source Number : 4
Source : RCHME/EH/HE Aerial Photographers comment
Source details : Cathy Stoertz/14-JUL-2011/English Heritage: Hoo Peninsula Landscape Project
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 77 SE 184
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1418716
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1413773
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1441600
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1426745
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1418683
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1426742
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1542610
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1418711
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1418681
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1542646
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1418680
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1441601
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1544248
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1426744
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1545645
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1077634
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1548001
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1545475
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1418684
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1549971
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: HOO PENINSULA LANDSCAPE PROJECT NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2010-09-01
End Date : 2012-03-01