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HER Number:MDV24545
Name:Pillbox SV.8 to northwest of Lower Abbey Farm, Axminster


Type 29 pillbox for heavy machine gun, with a baffle wall on south-west side. One of two pillboxes in a field to the east of the railway. Part of the Axminster fortified area on the Second World War Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940.


Grid Reference:SY 289 975
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/70

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLBOX (Built, World War II - 1940 AD to 1940 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1948, CPE/UK/2431/4198 (Aerial Photograph). SDV348825.

Visible on 1948 RAF aerial photo.

Horner, B., 1985, Axminster Pillboxes (Ground Photograph). SDV117201.

Weddell, P. J., 1985, Pillbox (Worksheet). SDV356796.

Site visit on 28th January 1985. One of two in a field south-east of railway. Concrete roughly rectangular in plan. Three windows, entrance on south side. Very good condition. More details on worksheet.

Wills, H., 1985, Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes (Monograph). SDV336210.

Listed at SY289975 and described as rectangular, concrete and west facing.

Hawkins, M., 1988, Somerset at War 1939-1945, 97 (Monograph). SDV115272.

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

Pillbox of Type 29.

Adkins, L. + Adkins, R., 1992, Pillboxes, Taunton Stop Line (Correspondence). SDV356784.

Correctly placed to be part of the Taunton Stop Line.

Horner, B., 1993, Axminster Fortified Area (Ground Photograph). SDV117210.

Horner, B., 1993, Axminster Pillboxes (Ground Photograph). SDV117206.

Horner, W., 1993, Pillboxes in Axminster (Personal Comment). SDV356785.

Site visited on 13th October 1993. Type 29 pillbox for heavy machine gun. Baffle wall on south-west side.

Horner, W., 1994, Taunton Stop Line Survey (Personal Comment). SDV356786.

Site visited on 22nd December 1993. Viewed closer-up. Appears to be in good condition. Concrete construction. Faces west-north-west covering railway and Axe/Yarty floodplain.

Mear, K., 1996, Pillbox 2, Lower Abbey Farm (Worksheet). SDV325300.

Vickers machine gun pillbox just north of A35 Axminster by-pass at Lower Abbey Farm.

Dobinson, C. S., 1998, The Taunton Stop Line. Component Listing, 7 (Report - non-specific). SDV109230.

Vickers machine gun pillbox of type FW3/27.

Hollinrake, C. + Hollinrake, N., 2001, An Archaeological and Historical Desk Top Study of Land at Musbury Road, Axminster, 16, 26, Fig. 6 (Report - Assessment). SDV320907.

During a survey prior to development in 2001 the pillbox was found to be in very good condition with an entrance to the south + large opening to the west. Other details: May 2001.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1148 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

One of two pillboxes in field to southeast of railway line. Part of Taunton Stop Line.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV109230Report - non-specific: Dobinson, C. S.. 1998. The Taunton Stop Line. Component Listing. Twentieth Century Fortifications in England. AI/S/3. Photocopy. 7.
SDV115272Monograph: Hawkins, M.. 1988. Somerset at War 1939-1945. Somerset at War 1939-1945. 97.
SDV117201Ground Photograph: Horner, B.. 1985. Axminster Pillboxes. Slide.
SDV117206Ground Photograph: Horner, B.. 1993. Axminster Pillboxes. Slide.
SDV117210Ground Photograph: Horner, B.. 1993. Axminster Fortified Area. Slide.
SDV320907Report - Assessment: Hollinrake, C. + Hollinrake, N.. 2001. An Archaeological and Historical Desk Top Study of Land at Musbury Road, Axminster. Hollinrake Report. 230. A4 Stapled + Digital. 16, 26, Fig. 6.
SDV325300Worksheet: Mear, K.. 1996. Pillbox 2, Lower Abbey Farm. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV336210Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes. Pillboxes. Unknown.
SDV348825Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. CPE/UK/2431/4198. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
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. Site No. 1148.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84698 ]
SDV356784Correspondence: Adkins, L. + Adkins, R.. 1992. Pillboxes, Taunton Stop Line. Letter + Map. Unknown.
SDV356785Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 1993. Pillboxes in Axminster. Not Applicable.
SDV356786Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 1994. Taunton Stop Line Survey. Not Applicable.
SDV356796Worksheet: Weddell, P. J.. 1985. Pillbox. Axminster By-Pass. Worksheet.
SDV99101Un-published: Hellis, J.. 1990. List of Defensive Sites. Manuscript.

Associated Monuments

MDV45243Part of: Axminster Strong Point on the Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV119535Part of: Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV24546Related to: Pillbox S.51a to northwest of Lower Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 28 2018 3:50PM