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HER Number:MDV39422
Name:Pillbox S.67, circa 275 metres south of Whitford Bridge, Musbury


All that survives of the former Type 29 pillbox is a concrete base. The pillbox would have been part of the Second World War Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940.


Grid Reference:SY 262 951
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMusbury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMUSBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/201

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Engineers, 1940, Plans of Taunton Stop Line, LXXII.S (Cartographic). SDV325259.

Pillbox marked of Royal Engineer's plan as S.67.

Royal Air Force, 1947, CPE/UK/1974/1492 (Aerial Photograph). SDV361867.

Structure visible on RAF aerial photo.

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

Polygonal west facing pillbox of mixed construction.

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

Pillbox of type 29, rear has been extended with breeze blocks to form a rear chamber suitable for a machine gun.

Hellis, J., 1992, The Taunton Stop Line, 43 (Article in Serial). SDV130111.

Part of Taunton Stop Line. Axminster was also a strong point on this defensive line, with additional defences. Other details: Aug 1992.

Cochrane, J. N., 1996, Remains of Pillbox on East Bank of River Axe (Worksheet). SDV357236.

A concrete slab may be the remains of pillbox reported to have fallen into river some years ago and demolished by the river authority.

Dobinson, C. S., 1998, The Taunton Stop Line. Component Listing, 5 (Report - non-specific). SDV109230.

Pillbox of type FW3/22 with 3ft 6in walls.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1039 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Pillbox. Part of Taunton Stop Line.

Wessex Archaeology, 2007, Historic Environment Audit of Devon County Farms. Pilot Project. Results of Waterford Farm, Musbury, 4, 15 (Report - Assessment). SDV338613.

Pillbox has now been demolished as it was falling into the river. Location now has a mink trap on it. Other details: No 1050.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Structure marked within the river against the east bank.

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. 5.
SDV130111Article in Serial: Hellis, J.. 1992. The Taunton Stop Line. Fortress. 14. Unknown. 43.
SDV325259Cartographic: Royal Engineers. 1940. Plans of Taunton Stop Line. Royal Engineers Survey Plan circa July 1940. Unknown. LXXII.S.
SDV336210Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes. Pillboxes. Unknown. 74.
SDV338613Report - Assessment: Wessex Archaeology. 2007. Historic Environment Audit of Devon County Farms. Pilot Project. Results of Waterford Farm, Musbury. Wessex Archaeology Report. 64350.17. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4, 15.
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. 1039.
SDV357236Worksheet: Cochrane, J. N.. 1996. Remains of Pillbox on East Bank of River Axe. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #90298 ]
SDV361867Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. CPE/UK/1974/1492. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV99101Un-published: Hellis, J.. 1990. List of Defensive Sites. Manuscript.

Associated Monuments

MDV119535Part of: Taunton Stop Line (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4199 - Devon County Farms Historic Environment Audit (Pilot Project)

Date Last Edited:Nov 23 2018 1:03PM