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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, Pillboxes. A Study of UK Defences 1940 (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, 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. Pillboxes. A Study of UK Defences 1940. Pillboxes. Hardback Volume.
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. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. ACD618/4/3. 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:Jan 7 2021 7:36AM