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HER Number:MDV120244
Name:Anti-tank cubes circa 260 metres south of Axe Bridge, Hawkchurch


Two overturned anti-tank cubes. The cubes once formed part of an anti-tank defence across a loop in the river, part of the Wadbrook defence area on the Second World War Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940.


Grid Reference:ST 322 014
Map Sheet:ST30SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHawkchurch
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHAWKCHURCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ANTI TANK CUBE (World War II - 1940 AD to 1940 AD)

Full description

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

Anti-tank cubes visible at either end of an anti tank ditch.

Dangerfield, M.E. + Dangerfield, J.D. + Tibbles, N., 1997, Anti-Tank Ditch and Obstacles (Worksheet). SDV357524.

No trace of an actual ditch but a few concrete blocks remain, partly buried in a slight depression.

Foot, W., 2005, Defence Areas. A National Study of Second World War Anti-Invasion Landscapes in England, DA04-Wadbrook-S0016431 (Report - Survey). SDV360266.

Site visit 14th January 2003. Wadbrook defence area. Two conical topped 4 feet anti-tank cubes lying overturned in a marshy area. In bad condition.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV357524Worksheet: Dangerfield, M.E. + Dangerfield, J.D. + Tibbles, N.. 1997. Anti-Tank Ditch and Obstacles. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
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. DA04-Wadbrook-S0016431. [Mapped feature: #4081 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV119535Part of: The Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV119869Part of: Wadbrook Defence Area on the Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV48669Related to: Anti-tank ditch circa circa 240 metres south of Axe Bridge, Hawkchurch (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 2 2019 12:57PM