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HER Number:MDV119535
Name:The Taunton Stop Line

Summary

The Taunton Stop Line was built in 1940, following the fall of France, as part of a series of linear anti-invasion defences planned to stop a German advance should they land on the south coast. The purpose of the Taunton Stop Line was to delay advance from the south-west. It ran across the narrowest part of the south-west peninsula from Highbridge on the Bristol Channel in the north to Axmouth on the south Devon coast. Stop Lines utilised natural obstacles such as rivers or artificial barriers such as canals and railway lines as the primary anti-tank obstacle. The Devon section of this Line principally used the River Axe for this purpose, but also used the embankments of the Southern Railway mainline. The primary anti-tank obstacle was enhanced by defensive structures including anti-tank ditches, concrete anti-tank cubes and posts, road and rail blocks, anti-tank gun emplacements, pillboxes, infantry trenches and barbed wire. See related monuments for details of individual sites, buildings and features.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 283 966
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAll Saints
Civil ParishAxminster
Civil ParishAxmouth
Civil ParishChardstock
Civil ParishColyton
Civil ParishHawkchurch
Civil ParishKilmington
Civil ParishMusbury
Civil ParishShute
DistrictEast Devon
DistrictWest Dorset
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLYTON
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMOUTH
Ecclesiastical ParishHAWKCHURCH
Ecclesiastical ParishKILMINGTON
Ecclesiastical ParishMUSBURY
Ecclesiastical ParishSEATON
Ecclesiastical ParishSHUTE
Ecclesiastical ParishCHARDSTOCK

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks associated with Anti-tank defensive sites on the Taunton Stop Line, west of Bagley Hill Farm
  • SHINE: Cropmarks of Exeter to Dorchester Roman road agger (ditch) and below-ground archaeological remains and earthworks of World War II anti-tank ditch on Taunton Stop Line (TSL), west of Axminster
  • SHINE: Below ground remains of a World War II anti-tank ditch, on the Taunton Stop Line, west of New House Farm
  • SHINE: Pill boxes, anti-tank ditches and obstacles, World War II at the Boshill Cross Stong Point of the Taunton Stop Line, a defensive crossing on the River Axe
  • SHINE: Earthworks and structures associated with the Weycroft Defence Area on the World War Two 'Taunton Stop Line' and cropmarks of a rectangular enclosure of unknown date east of Weycroft

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STOP LINE (Constructed, World War II - 1940 AD to 1940 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Stretches of anti-tank ditches and obstacles are visible at bridgeheads, particularly around Axe Bridge.

Hellis, J., 1990, List of Defensive Sites (Un-published). SDV99101.

Hellis, J., 1992, The Taunton Stop Line, 39-47 (Article in Serial). SDV130111.

Second World War linear defences, 71 kilometres in length, running north-south from Bridgwater in Somerset to Axmouth. It was built in 1940 but was never fully operational.
A series of pillboxes were built along the east side of the river Axe. There were also sixteen 6 pounder gun emplacements. The original plan envisaged infantry emplacements between them but these do not seem to have been built.

Horner, W., 1994, The Taunton Stop Line (Un-published). SDV358963.

The Taunton Stop Line was a major defence system constructed in 1940 at a time when an invasion by German forces appeared to be imminent. The surviving elements of the line are thus a physical reminder of one of the most important episodes in recent English history.
The main invasion was anticipated in the southeast of England but a secondary invasion to capture the ports of the southwest peninsula and allow an advance eastwards towards London and northeast to the industrial heartland of England was also envisaged. The Taunton Stop Line was intended to seal off the southwest peninsula, holding the invading army back long enough for a counter attack to be launched. The defence line, like others across the country, was based on natural or man-made barriers such as rivers, canals and railway embankments which were strengthened by anti-tank ditches, obstacles, road blocks and pill boxes. The majority of the latter were infantry bockhouses but at strategic points there were also pill boxes for anti-tank and heavy machine guns. Infantry tenches, barbed wire and mine fields were also planned inbetween but it does not appear that these were ever built on the Taunton Stop Line.
There were also several heavily fortified towns along the Taunton Stop Line, at Chard and Ilminster in Somerset and Axminster in Devon. Their encircling defences were codenamed 'hedgehogs'.
Much of the heavy building work on the line was completed by September 1940 but by October 1940 the planned invasion had been postponed and by the summer of 1941 German attention had turned instead towards the Soviet Union. Thus the Taunton Stop Line ceased to be militarily relevant before it was finally completed. It was, therefore, never fully manned, although it was used for training exercises by both the Home Guard and the regular army.
Each element of the Stop Line was never intended to stand in isoloation. All were part of an integrated system, designed to hold back an enemy advance from the southwest and should be regarded as a coherent whole rather than as individual sites of interest. The loss of an individual pillbox for example through casual demolition or neglect diminishes our understanding of the Taunton Stop Line as a whole.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, No. 1038 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Taunton Stop Line. World War II linear defences running north-south from Bridgwater in Somerset to Axminster. The line is 71 kilometre long and includes a series of pillboxes and anti-tank obstacles and ditches.

Foot, W., 2005, Defence Areas. A National Study of Second World War Anti-Invasion Landscapes in England, Introduction, DA03 Weycroft (Report - Survey). SDV360266.

The Taunton Stop Line ran across the narrowest part of the south-west peninsula from Highbridge on the Bristol Channel in the north to Seaton on the south Devon coast. Its purpose was to stop a German advance from the south-west, should they land on the Cornish, Devon or Somerset coasts. The Line largely followed the natural barriers of the rivers Parrett and Axe and also man-made barriers that followed the similar route such as railways and canals. Work on construction began in July 1940, largely carried out by companies from the Royal Engineers. Detailed maps of the proposed defences survive. Defence works included gun emplacements, anti-tank devices, wire entanglements together with permament road and rail blocks, the demolition of bridges and also land mines; the main purpose being the provision of a continuous anti-tank obstacle.
There were three defence areas or hubs, Weycroft and Wadbrook in Devon and Pawlett Hill in Somerset. A secondary line planned from Axminster to Lyme Regis in case of a landing at Seaton was never built.
The Stop Line was inititally manned by units from the Field Army assisted by the Home Guard but later, as defence needs changed, the Home Guard undertook responsibility for the whole, manning those defence works that were retained as part of a system in depth.
See report DA03 for full details.

THE DEVONSHIRE ASSOCIATION, 2008, WWII Pill Boxes in the Axe Valley, 1 (Report - Survey). SDV347565.

Following the evacuation of Dunkerque in May 1940, a defence plan was produced for Britain to combat the threat of a German invasion of southern England. The basis of the plan was a series of fortified 'Stop Lines' to delay any such enemy advance. The main defence line in the south-west is the Taunton Stop Line. Following natural rivers and streams and the Taunton Canal, it ran from Pawlett Hill in Somerset to Seaton. About 40 miles long, the Stop Line was planned to have 293 pillboxes and 15 gun emplacements, many of which are still extant. Construction was overseen by the Royal Engineers, who divided the line into north, middle and south sections. Their drawings show that they altered and augmented those originally provided by the Home Defence Executive.

Rolf, B., 2009, The Taunton Stop Line: A Survey Of Second World War Pillboxes In The Axe Valley, 269-286 (Article in Serial). SDV361662.

A description of 24 pillboxes between Seaton and Bridgwater.

Passmore, A. + Passmore, M., 2010, The Taunton Stop Line (Leaflet). SDV345322.

The Devon section of the Taunton Stop Line followed the course of the River Axe on its eastern bank, from Seaton through Boshill, around Whitford, then followed the river and railway to the west of Axminster through Weycroft to Tytherleigh where it briefly entered Dorset before continuing up through Somerset.

Horner, B., 2011, The Stop Line Way: What's in a Name?, 4-5 (Article in Serial). SDV351765.

A walking and cycle trail, The Stop Line Way, is currently being built along the route of the Taunton Stop Line.
In 1940, in the face of the very real threat of invasion an immense defence construction programme was instigated which was to leave a lasting mark on the British landscape. Possible invasion beaches were fortified, airfields secured and a series of Stop Lines were constructed. These Lines were continuous fortifications based on natural and engineered obstacles. The most important in the southwest was the Taunton Stop Line which ran from Burnham on Sea in the Bristol Channel to Asmouth on the East Devon coast. Its defences faced west, intended to stop any army landing in Devon or Cornwall from advancing towards London or the midlands. Work on the Line begain in July 1940 and by September much of it was completed with more than 300 pillboxes, 24 miles of anti-tank ditches, 6 miles of anti-tank obstacles and over 200 road and rail blocks, anti-tank gun positions, barbed wire entanglements and bridges rigged with demoliton charges.
Fortunately, control of air and sea by the RAF and Royal Navy respectively meant that the Stop Line never saw active service, other than for training.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

The Devon section of the Taunton Stop Line followed the course of the River Axe and comprised a range of defence works such as pill boxes, anti tank devices and road and rail blocks. The polygon is indicative rather than an exact depiction of the extent of the defensive works. See linked monuments for information on individual features.

Powell-Thomas, A., 2017, The West Country's last Line of Defence. Taunton Stop Line (Monograph). SDV360594.

General Ironside's plans for the defence of Britain following the fall of France in 1940 included the provision of fortified stop lines, their purpose to cut the industrial Midlands and London off from the coast. The Taunton Stop Line was one of the major lines, the Somerset Levels being seen an ideal location from which to defend country's heartland from a German invasion and advance from the south-west peninsula.
The Line ran from the north Somerset coast near Highbridge south to Axmouth in East Devon. It utilised the river Parrett, the courses of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal and the old Taunton and Chard Canal which was re-excavated, the Great Western and Southern railways and the river Axe, supplemented with various anti-tank obstacles and pillboxes, many of which are still extant.
It was constructed in 1940 with strategic defensive 'islands' being added to strengthen it in 1941. Initially manned by the army assisted by the Home Guard, the Home Guard gradually became fully responsible for the Line as army units were withdrawn.
See book and associated monuments for more information on individual sites.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV130111Article in Serial: Hellis, J.. 1992. The Taunton Stop Line. Fortress. 14. Unknown. 39-47.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV345322Leaflet: Passmore, A. + Passmore, M.. 2010. The Taunton Stop Line. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 22. A4 Folded + digital.
SDV347565Report - Survey: THE DEVONSHIRE ASSOCIATION. 2008. WWII Pill Boxes in the Axe Valley. Devonshire Association. Digital + A4. 1.
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. No. 1038.
SDV351765Article in Serial: Horner, B.. 2011. The Stop Line Way: What's in a Name?. Devon Archaeological Society Newsletter. 110. A4 Stapled. 4-5.
SDV358963Un-published: Horner, W.. 1994. The Taunton Stop Line. A4 Single Sheet + Digital.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #78798 ]
SDV360266Report - Survey: Foot, W.. 2005. Defence Areas. A National Study of Second World War Anti-Invasion Landscapes in England. Council for British Archaeology/English Heritage. Digital. Introduction, DA03 Weycroft.
SDV360594Monograph: Powell-Thomas, A.. 2017. The West Country's last Line of Defence. Taunton Stop Line. The West Country's last Line of Defence. Taunton Stop Line. Paperback Volume.
SDV361662Article in Serial: Rolf, B.. 2009. The Taunton Stop Line: A Survey Of Second World War Pillboxes In The Axe Valley. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 141. Paperback Volume. 269-286.
SDV99101Un-published: Hellis, J.. 1990. List of Defensive Sites. Manuscript.

Associated Monuments

MDV52912Parent of: Railblock SRL.28a to northwest of Slymlake Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV122775Parent of: Anti Tank Cubes adjacent to Railway by Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV122814Parent of: Anti Tank ditch at Horslears, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50885Parent of: Anti Tank Posts circa 109 metres north-west of Dragon's Mead, Axminster (Monument)
MDV106495Parent of: Anti-invasion Defensive Barrier to east of Axe Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV58413Parent of: Anti-Tank Cube at Confluence of Mill Brook and River Axe (Monument)
MDV72476Parent of: Anti-tank cube by the southern weir at Weycroft Mill, Axminster (Monument)
MDV125707Parent of: Anti-Tank Cubes by Nunford Bridge, Musbury (Monument)
MDV52899Parent of: Anti-Tank Cubes circa 152 metres south of Axe Bridge (Monument)
MDV120244Parent of: Anti-tank cubes circa 260 metres south of Axe Bridge, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV72471Parent of: Anti-tank cubes north-east of Weycroft Mill, Axminster (Monument)
MDV75612Parent of: Anti-Tank Cubes on East Side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV75613Parent of: Anti-Tank Cubes on East Side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV47883Parent of: Anti-Tank Defence to northeast of Axe Bridge (Monument)
MDV48151Parent of: Anti-Tank Defences to north of Whitford Bridge, Shute (Monument)
MDV48150Parent of: Anti-Tank Defences to south of Whitford Bridge, Musbury (Monument)
MDV52910Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch (Monument)
MDV48159Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch around south-east side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV48669Parent of: Anti-tank ditch circa circa 240 metres south of Axe Bridge, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV48676Parent of: Anti-tank ditch near Broome Cottage, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV52917Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch near Lower Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV123287Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch on north side of Railway to northwest of Slymlake Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV24551Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch on south side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV48666Parent of: Anti-tank ditch to east of Bagley Hill Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV124267Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch to east of Kingsdon, Colyton (Monument)
MDV48148Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch to east of Whitford Bridge, Shute (Monument)
MDV48158Parent of: Anti-tank Ditch to north of Bow Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV47879Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch to northwest of New House Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV48153Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch to west of Ashe House, Shute (Monument)
MDV47878Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch to west of New House Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV48668Parent of: Anti-tank ditch to west of Wadbrook Coppice, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV123127Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch, Woodbury Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48160Parent of: Anti-tank ditches on the north-east side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV80437Parent of: Anti-tank Gun Emplacement South-east of Axe Bridge, Colyton (Monument)
MDV120243Parent of: Anti-tank gun position and roadblock circa 375 metres south of Wadbrook Cross (Monument)
MDV120458Parent of: Anti-tank gun position circa 285 metres north-east of Weycroft Hall, Axminster (Monument)
MDV120023Parent of: Anti-tank gun position, Fortfield, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV48671Parent of: Anti-tank obstacle circa 90 metres south of Axe Bridge, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV119766Parent of: Anti-tank obstacle east of Lower Coaxdon, Axminster (Monument)
MDV119767Parent of: Anti-tank obstacle north and south of Axe Bridge, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV117274Parent of: Anti-tank obstacle to north-west of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50880Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacle to west of Axminster Coal Yard (Monument)
MDV124452Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacle(s) circa 75 metres north of Boshill Cross, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV122041Parent of: Anti-tank obstacle, Cloakham Drive, Axminster (Monument)
MDV123447Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacle, Whitford Road, Musbury (Monument)
MDV50879Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles below Town Weir, Axminster (Monument)
MDV47887Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles circa 235 metres north of Axe Bridge, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV124536Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles circa 342 metres and 349 metres northeast of Axe Bridge (Monument)
MDV47885Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles circa 395 metres southwest of New House Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV47886Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles circa 540 metres southwest of New House Farm, Colyton (Monument)
MDV49827Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles east of the River Axe (Monument)
MDV48163Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles north-west of Stony Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV47891Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles north-west of Weycroft Mill, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48161Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles on the north-east side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV81059Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles on west side of Musbury Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV49213Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles south of Sisterhood Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48164Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles south-west of Stony Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV49428Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles south-west of Weycroft Mill, Axminster (Monument)
MDV47882Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles to north of Boxhill Cottages, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV117278Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles to north-west of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV117290Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles to north-west of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50883Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles to north-west of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV120898Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles to the north of Axminster Town Football Club (Monument)
MDV49432Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles, Stony Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV72481Parent of: Anti-Tank Sockets 350 metres south of Boshill Cross, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV63104Parent of: Axe Bridge, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV120027Parent of: Axe Gates Level Crossing, Chardstock (Monument)
MDV45243Parent of: Axminster Strong Point on the Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV125708Parent of: Boshill Cross Strong Point (Monument)
MDV49434Parent of: Brookhill Pillbox off Chard Street, Axminster (Monument)
MDV72490Parent of: Dams at Axmouth (Monument)
MDV39421Parent of: Gun Emplacement at southeastern end of Axmouth Harbour (Monument)
MDV50323Parent of: Infantry Trench to north-east of Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52933Parent of: Millbrook Pillboxes, Axminster (Monument)
MDV39424Parent of: Pillbox 125 metres east of Whitford Bridge, Musbury (Monument)
MDV52905Parent of: Pillbox 190 metres southeast of Axminster Sewage Works (Monument)
MDV39423Parent of: Pillbox 195 metres north-east of Whitford Bridge, Shute (Monument)
MDV39418Parent of: Pillbox at Boshill Cross, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV119765Parent of: Pillbox at Bagley Hill Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV47877Parent of: Pillbox circa 170 metres northeast of Waterford Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV39419Parent of: Pillbox circa 207 metres southeast of Waterford Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV48146Parent of: Pillbox circa 250 metres north of Waterford Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV119750Parent of: Pillbox east of Cement Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48167Parent of: Pillbox in field south of Morton Way, Axminster (Monument)
MDV119031Parent of: Pillbox north of Cloakham Lawn, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52942Parent of: Pillbox north-east of Lower Coaxdon, All Saints (Monument)
MDV52925Parent of: Pillbox on west side of Stony Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52906Parent of: Pillbox on Wyke Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52937Parent of: Pillbox S.16 to north-east of Broome Cottage, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV48679Parent of: Pillbox S.17 circa 246 metres north-east of Wadbrook Cross, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV52938Parent of: Pillbox S.18 circa 223 metres north-west of Wadbrook Cross, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV52940Parent of: Pillbox S.19 at Wadbrook Farm, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV48672Parent of: Pillbox S.21 circa 150 metres south-west of Wadbrook Cross, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV48670Parent of: Pillbox S.23 circa 285 metres south of Axe Bridge, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV48675Parent of: Pillbox S.29 circa 365 metres to north-east of Weycroft Hall, Axminster (Monument)
MDV72474Parent of: Pillbox S.30 to east of Weycroft Mill Weirs, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52930Parent of: Pillbox S.33 to east of Weycroft Mill, Axminster (Monument)
MDV49436Parent of: Pillbox S.34, 210 metres west of Weycroft Mill, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52927Parent of: Pillbox S.35 about 200 metres south-west of Weycroft Mill, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52929Parent of: Pillbox S.37 about 128 metres north of Axminster Town Football Club (Monument)
MDV48145Parent of: Pillbox S.38 to the north-east of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48165Parent of: Pillbox S.39 to south of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48168Parent of: Pillbox S.40 to south of Ashbrook, west of Willhays Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52935Parent of: Pillbox S.41 to north of the Cemetery, Chard Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52934Parent of: Pillbox S.41a, Cloakham Lawn, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50878Parent of: Pillbox S.43 near Town Weir, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50881Parent of: Pillbox S.44 south-west of Stony Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52931Parent of: Pillbox S.44a to east of Lyme Close, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50877Parent of: Pillbox S.45 to north east of railway station, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52923Parent of: Pillbox S.46 206 metres south-east of Bow Bridge, Axminster. (Monument)
MDV48157Parent of: Pillbox S.47 to west of Factories on west side of Musbury Road (Monument)
MDV39426Parent of: Pillbox S.51 to west of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV24546Parent of: Pillbox S.51a to northwest of Lower Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52921Parent of: Pillbox S.52 to south-west of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52916Parent of: Pillbox S.53 to north of Slymlake Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52914Parent of: Pillbox S.54 to west of Slymlake Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52911Parent of: Pillbox S.55 circa 270 metres southwest of Slymlake Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48155Parent of: Pillbox S.58 450 metres south-southeast of Bridge Meadow, Shute (Monument)
MDV49524Parent of: Pillbox S.59 circa 400 metres south of Bridge Meadow, Shute (Monument)
MDV48154Parent of: Pillbox S.61 circa 430 metres southeast of Woodhayne Farm, Shute (Monument)
MDV39425Parent of: Pillbox S.62, 490 metres north of Millands Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV48152Parent of: Pillbox S.63, 388 metres north-west of Millands Farm, Shute (Monument)
MDV52904Parent of: Pillbox S.65 circa 200 metres east of Whitford Bridge, Musbury (Monument)
MDV52903Parent of: Pillbox S.66 circa 70 metres south of Whitford Bridge, Musbury (Monument)
MDV39422Parent of: Pillbox S.67, circa 275 metres south of Whitford Bridge, Musbury (Monument)
MDV39367Parent of: Pillbox S.69 circa 400 metres southwest of Waterford Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV72423Parent of: Pillbox S.70 circa 440 metres northwest of Spillers Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV47884Parent of: Pillbox S.71 circa 530 metres west-northwest of Spillers Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV39366Parent of: Pillbox S.72 circa 290 metres northwest of New House Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV39364Parent of: Pillbox S.74 circa 300 metres southwest of New House Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV39360Parent of: Pillbox S.75 550 metres north of the A3052, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV39363Parent of: Pillbox S.75.a circa 440 metres southwest of New House Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV39357Parent of: Pillbox S.76 circa 190 metres north-northeast of Axe Bridge, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV39359Parent of: Pillbox S.77 180 metres northeast of Axe Bridge (Monument)
MDV72424Parent of: Pillbox S.80 200 metres south of Boshill Cross, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV39358Parent of: Pillbox S.81 circa 252 metres south-southeast of Axe Bridge, Colyton (Monument)
MDV39354Parent of: Pillbox S.82 circa 229 metres east of Gin Bottle Hole, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV39352Parent of: Pillbox S.83 to north of Axmouth (Monument)
MDV39353Parent of: Pillbox S.84 to east of Axe Marsh (Monument)
MDV49424Parent of: Pillbox S.85 to north-northwest of Axmouth (Monument)
MDV39351Parent of: Pillbox S.86, Millmead, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV39350Parent of: Pillbox S.87 to south of Axmouth (Monument)
MDV52900Parent of: Pillbox S.88 circa 325 metres north of Squires Lane, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV72422Parent of: Pillbox S.89 circa 340 metres north of Squires Lane, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV47889Parent of: Pillbox S.90 circa 87 metres north of Squires Lane, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV39349Parent of: Pillbox S.91 on driveway to Havencliffe House, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV72426Parent of: Pillbox S.92 to south of Havencliffe House, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV72425Parent of: Pillbox S.93 to north of Axmouth Harbour (Monument)
MDV50876Parent of: Pillbox S.AT.601 48 metres south of Bow Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48677Parent of: Pillbox S.V.1 to north-west of Fortfield, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV52902Parent of: Pillbox S.V.12 opposite South Cross Cottages, Musbury (Monument)
MDV55049Parent of: Pillbox S.V.15 circa 324 metres north of Squires Lane, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV48678Parent of: Pillbox S.V.2 to south-west of Fortfield, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV48673Parent of: Pillbox S.V.3 circa 326 metres metres south-east of Wadbrook Cross, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV48674Parent of: Pillbox S.V.4 circa 362 metres south-east of Wadbrook Cross, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV39365Parent of: Pillbox S73 circa 190 metres west northwest of New House Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV39362Parent of: Pillbox S78 to east of Axe Bridge (Monument)
MDV39374Parent of: Pillbox south-west of Bagley Hill Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52919Parent of: Pillbox SV.10 to south of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV39373Parent of: Pillbox SV.5 circa 470 metres north-east of Weycroft Hall, Axminster (Monument)
MDV39372Parent of: Pillbox SV.6 circa 425 metres north-east of Weycroft Hall, Axminster (Monument)
MDV42343Parent of: Pillbox SV.7 at Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV24545Parent of: Pillbox SV.8 to northwest of Lower Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52920Parent of: Pillbox SV.9 to south-west of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52909Parent of: Pillbox to north of Whitford Bridge, Shute (Monument)
MDV50884Parent of: Pillbox to north-east of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52941Parent of: Pillbox to north-west of Bagley Hill Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48147Parent of: Pillbox to southeast of Whitford Bridge, Musbury (Monument)
MDV48667Parent of: Pillbox to west of Wadbrook Coppice, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV52922Parent of: Pillbox, Lyme Close, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52907Parent of: Pillbox, Woodbury Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52932Parent of: Pillboxes S.45a and S.46a on Taunton Stop Line, Axminster (Monument)
MDV117217Parent of: Possible Anti-tank Obstacle north-east of Bow Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV117218Parent of: Possible Anti-tank Obstacle north-east of Stony Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV119768Parent of: Possible Pillbox north of Axe Crossing, All Saints (Monument)
MDV119169Parent of: Possible Pillbox north of Higher Folly Mead Coppice, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV119034Parent of: Possible Pillbox north of Millbrook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV119769Parent of: Possible Pillbox south of Wadbrook Farm, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV119709Parent of: Possible pillbox west of Cornshay, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV119749Parent of: Possible pillbox west of Pineywood Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52908Parent of: Possible Pillbox, Foxhill, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52939Parent of: Railblock S.RL. 26 to north-west of Wadbrook Farm, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV52928Parent of: Railblock S.RL.27 to the west of Weycroft, Axminster (Monument)
MDV72473Parent of: Railblock S.Rl.27.a, 147 metres north of Axminster Town Football Club (Monument)
MDV52918Parent of: Railblock SRL.28 to west of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50875Parent of: Railblock to east of Musbury Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV72489Parent of: Railblock to the north-east of Broom, Chardstock (Monument)
MDV119648Parent of: Rectilinear Enclosure north of Coaxdon, All Saints (Monument)
MDV49214Parent of: Road Block SRD.60 at west end of Bow Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV77283Parent of: Road Block, Morton Way, Axminster (Monument)
MDV120024Parent of: Roadblock at Damas Lawn Bridge, Thorncombe (Monument)
MDV120456Parent of: Roadblock C.55, Lodge Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV49215Parent of: Roadblock on north-east side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV72486Parent of: Roadblock S.R.d.65 to east of Whitford Bridge, Shute (Monument)
MDV48681Parent of: Roadblock S.RD 48 at Broom Bridge, Chardstock (Monument)
MDV48680Parent of: Roadblock S.RD. 51 at Axe Bridge to the south-west of Wadbrook (Monument)
MDV72485Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.134, Lyme Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48664Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.53 at Coaxdon Cottages, All Saints (Monument)
MDV72482Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.53a 30 metres north of railway bridge on Chard Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV72477Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.54, Weycroft Bridge, All Saints (Monument)
MDV72470Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.56 at Weycroft, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50882Parent of: Roadblock S.RD.57 to north of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV72483Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.58, Chard Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV72484Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.59 at Stony Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV72487Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.68 at Boshill Cross, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV72488Parent of: Roadblock S.RD.69 on Axe Bridge (Monument)
MDV72463Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.70, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV72464Parent of: Roadblock S.RD.71 at east end of Axmouth Bridge (Monument)
MDV120025Parent of: Roadblock to south of Fortfield, Hawkchurch (Monument)
MDV42344Parent of: S.A/T.602 Anti-Tank Gun Emplacement, next to Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48156Parent of: Shoals Pillbox, Axminster (Monument)
MDV39356Parent of: Vickers Machine Gun Emplacement S.V.13, circa 194 metres southeast of Hedge Corner, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV52898Parent of: Vickers Machine Gun Emplacement S.V.14 circa 229 metres southeast of Hedge Corner, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV119869Parent of: Wadbrook Defence Area on the Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV49435Parent of: Weycroft anti-tank ditch, Axminster (Monument)
MDV120385Parent of: Weycroft Defence Area on the Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV106479Related to: Agricultural or Military Enclosure West of Stedcombe Lodge, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV11400Related to: Axmouth Bridge (Building)
MDV117295Related to: Military Base to north of Lime Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52926Related to: Pillbox about 152 metres north-east of Axminster Town Football Club (Monument)
MDV52915Related to: Pillbox circa 485 metres south of Bridge Meadow, Shute (Monument)
MDV119012Related to: Pillbox on the railway line south-east of Sisterhood Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV106485Related to: Pillbox South of Boshill Cross (Monument)
MDV117333Related to: Possible Flood or Military Defences north-west of Stony Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV24804Related to: Stony Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV73746Related to: Waterford Farm, Musbury (Monument)
MDV17622Related to: Weycroft Mill, Axminster (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Sep 10 2020 12:01PM