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HER Number:MDV105090
Name:Pillbox on Torbay Road Near Torquay Cricket Club.

Summary

A possible pillbox is visible as a rectangular structure on aerial photographs taken in 1946, above Torre Abbey Sands. It probably formed part of the extensive network of Second World War coastal defences and is likely to have been dismantled by May 1947.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 908 635
Map Sheet:SX96SW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishCOCKINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLBOX (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK223 5192-5193 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

A rectangular structure is visible.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, RAF/CPE/UK/1890 FS 2242-2243 10-DEC-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351061.

A rectangular structure is visible.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2105, RAF/CPE/UK/2105 3005-3006 28-MAY-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351151.

The structure appears to have been removed athough the site is visible as a cleared area.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

A rectangular structure, circa 3.5 by 3 metres in size, is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946. It is sited above Torre Abbey Sands on Torbay Road opposite the cricket club and may be associated with a similar structure circa 65 metres to the south-west. Its date, size and location suggests that it was a military building, probably a pillbox, and part of the extensive network of defences constructed early in the Second World War to defend against coastal invasion. It is not visible on later available aerial photographs and is likely to have been dismantled by May 1947.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV351061Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1890 FS 2242-2243 10-DEC-1946. [Mapped feature: #64551 ]
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV351151Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2105. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/2105 3005-3006 28-MAY-1947.
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK223 5192-5193 12-JUL-1946.

Associated Monuments

MDV105177Related to: Pillbox on Torbay Road Near Torquay Cricket Club. (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)

Date Last Edited:Dec 3 2013 3:57PM