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HER Number:MDV39335
Name:World War II Pillbox at Otterton Point

Summary

A square pillbox of Second World War date is visible as a structure just north of the tip of Otterton Point. The pillbox can be seen as a structure part concealed by earthwork covering on aerial photographs of 1945 onwards. Now converted to a bat shelter.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 077 820
Map Sheet:SY08SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishOtterton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOTTERTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1421034
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY08SE/59

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, NMR 106G/UK/1412 3100 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

The pillbox is visible as a structure.


Wills, H., 1985, Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes, 74 (Monograph). SDV336210.

Square concrete south-facing pillbox.


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

Grid reference given but no description.


Horner, B., 1994, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV345756.

Site visit 29th July 1994. Pillbox visible from the air during aerial reconnaissance. Has recently been converted to a bat shelter. Overlooks the entry to the River Otter estuary.


Moore, K. J., 1999, Archaeological Coastal Survey of the East Devon Coast (Report - Survey). SDV102533.

In reasonable condition. No access.


Channel Coast Observatory, 2001-2012, Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography, Channel Coastal Observatory SY0782_20120917ortho.ecw 17-SEP-2012 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351226.

The pillbox remains clearly visible.


Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 2218 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Pillbox recently converted to bat shelter.
SMR.


Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.


Passmore, A. + Passmore, M., 2010, Second World War Pillboxes, 3 (Leaflet). SDV345308.

Other details: Photograph.


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

A pillbox of Second World War date is visible on aerial photographs of 1945 onwards as a structure just north of the tip of Otterton Point. The structure measures approximately 4 metres square and appears to be part concealed by an earthwork covering. It is probably a local type. It is probably associated with possible slit trenches at the tip of Otterton Point. It is clearly visible on digital images derived from aerial photographs taken in 2012 and appears to be in good condition.


Pink, F., 2014-2015, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV102533Report - Survey: Moore, K. J.. 1999. Archaeological Coastal Survey of the East Devon Coast. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.
SDV336210Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes. Pillboxes. Unknown. 74.
SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital).
SDV345308Leaflet: Passmore, A. + Passmore, M.. 2010. Second World War Pillboxes. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 13. A4 Folded. 3.
SDV345756Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1994. Not Applicable.
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
SDV351226Aerial Photograph: Channel Coast Observatory. 2001-2012. Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography. Channel Coast Observatory. Digital. Channel Coastal Observatory SY0782_20120917ortho.ecw 17-SEP-2012. [Mapped feature: #90240 ]
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. 2218.
SDV352504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR 106G/UK/1412 3100 13-APR-1946.
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014-2015. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV99101Un-published: Hellis, J.. 1990. List of Defensive Sites. Manuscript.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4918 - Site Visit to World War II Pillboxes at Budleigh Salterton
  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)

Date Last Edited:Oct 21 2016 12:44PM