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HER Number:MDV42342
Name:Pillbox S.48 adjacent to Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster


Pillbox between the railway line and the sewage works. Now almost completely overgrown. Part of the Axminster fortified area on the Second World War Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940.


Grid Reference:SY 289 977
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/207

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.

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

Wills lists a polygonal, mixed construction, west facing pillbox at SY289977.

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

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

Pillbox almost completely overgrown. Correctly placed to be part of the 'Taunton Stop Line'.

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

Axminster was a strongpoint on the Taunton Stopline, with additional defences.

Horner, W., 1993, Pillbox West of Sewage Works (Ground Photograph). SDV356791.

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

Site visit 13th October 1993. Site viewed from Axminster bypass. Same condition as before.

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

Site visit 22nd December 1993. Rear of pillbox viewed (south-east side). Flat rear wall with two apertures flanking doorway with baffle wall. The entrance and baffle are now part submerged. Unable to ascertain nature of forward facing aperture. Breeze-block and concrete build.

Mear, K., 1997, Possible Pillbox, Horslears Treatment Works (Worksheet). SDV356790.

Pillbox visible from higher viewpoint from the north-west. Photos (not with worksheet) show south-east aspect from field. Site inaccessible due to railway line and a lot of vegetation.

Dobinson, C. S., 1998, The Taunton Stop Line. Component Listing, 4 (Report - non-specific). SDV109230.

Rectangular pillbox, no other details provided.

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

An archaeological and historical desk top study of land at Musbury Road, Axminster.

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. 4.
SDV115272Monograph: Hawkins, M.. 1988. Somerset at War 1939-1945. Somerset at War 1939-1945. 97.
SDV130111Article in Serial: Hellis, J.. 1992. The Taunton Stop Line. Fortress. 14. Unknown. 43.
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, Fig. 6.
SDV336210Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes. Pillboxes. Unknown. 74.
SDV348825Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. CPE/UK/2431/4198. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #91404 ]
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.
SDV356790Worksheet: Mear, K.. 1997. Possible Pillbox, Horslears Treatment Works. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV356791Ground Photograph: Horner, W.. 1993. Pillbox West of Sewage Works. Slide.

Associated Monuments

MDV45243Part of: Axminster Strong Point on the Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV50323Related to: Infantry Trench to north-east of Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV42343Related to: Pillbox SV.7 at Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV42344Related to: S.A/T.602 Anti-Tank Gun Emplacement, next to Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 24 2018 3:51PM