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HER Number:MDV39394
Name:Second World War Pillbox on North-East of Burgh Island

Summary

Second World War pillbox on the north-east side of Burgh Island, possibly visible as a structure on aerial photographs from 1951 and likely to survive.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 647 440
Map Sheet:SX64SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBigbury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBIGBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1421048
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX64SW/52

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/UK/967, RAF/106G/UK/967 RS 4117-4118 01-NOV-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351060.

A pale area is visible but it is not possible to distinguish a stucture in this location.


Royal Air Force, 1951, RAF/540/497, NMR RAF/540/497 RS 4113-4114 12-MAY-1951 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351212.

A square pale area is visible.


Harold Wingham Collection, 1959, HAW Film 9392, SX 6443/4 HAW 9392/1 21-JUL-1959 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351251.

A low square structure is visible.


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


Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/HS (Aerial Photograph). SDV147957.


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

Pillbox of type 29, no anti-grenade pillar, gunports 3/6, 4/6 and 5/6.


Wasley, G., 1994, Devon at War 1939-1945, 56 (Monograph). SDV165766.


Jury, R., 1996, Pillbox on North Side of Burgh Island (Worksheet). SDV356970.

A well dug-in pillbox on the north side of Burgh Island at the top of a small slipway. Sited to cover towards Warren Point/Challaborough.


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

A low square structure visible on aerial photographs between 1951 and 1959 is likely to be the pillbox recorded by the Defence of Britain project in 1996. A pale area is visible in this location on the 1940s aerial photographic coverage, and the pillbox may have been camouflaged. A small possible slit trench is visible immediately to the east (MDV104287) and is likely to be associated. Structural remains are very likely to survive.


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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV147957Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/HS. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV165766Monograph: Wasley, G.. 1994. Devon at War 1939-1945. Devon at War. Hardback Volume. 56.
SDV336210Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes. Pillboxes. Unknown.
SDV351060Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/UK/967. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/967 RS 4117-4118 01-NOV-1945.
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
SDV351212Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1951. RAF/540/497. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/540/497 RS 4113-4114 12-MAY-1951.
SDV351251Aerial Photograph: Harold Wingham Collection. 1959. HAW Film 9392. Harold Wingham Collection. Photograph (Paper). SX 6443/4 HAW 9392/1 21-JUL-1959.
SDV356970Worksheet: Jury, R.. 1996. Pillbox on North Side of Burgh Island. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
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

MDV39395Related to: World War II Pillbox on the east of Burgh Island (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:Feb 10 2015 4:05PM