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HER Number:MDV42344
Name:S.A/T.602 Anti-Tank Gun Emplacement, next to Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster


Site of an anti-tank gun emplacement. It comprised only a concrete platform with a steel pedestal for gun mounting. Part of the Axminster fortified area on the Second World War Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940.


Grid Reference:SY 289 976
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/208

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ANTI TANK GUN EMPLACEMENT (Built, World War II - 1940 AD to 1940 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Royal Air Force, 1948, CPE/UK/2431/4198 (Aerial Photograph). SDV348825.

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

Rectangular, concrete, west-facing pillbox listed at SY290977.

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

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

Site of probable pillbox. Positive identification not possible, but size and shape of building on map, and position (which would cover blind spots from neighbouring pillboxes caused by former sewage works buildings) suggest pillbox. 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 Stop Line with additional defences.

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

Site visit on 22nd December 1993. No trace of site. Probably covered rear and flank of neighbouring pillboxes and anti-tank ditch to south. Most likely to have been south-west facing.

Mear, K., 1997, Horslears Water Treatment Works, Unknown Site (Worksheet). SDV356792.

No evidence found. Area is now a water treatment works at Horslears. Possibly destroyed for this.

Dobinson, C. S., 1998, The Taunton Stop Line. Component Listing, 8 (Report - non-specific). SDV109230.

6pdr anti-tank gun emplacement. Consisted only of a concrete platform with a steel pedestal for the gun mounting.

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

THE DEVONSHIRE ASSOCIATION, 2008, WWII Pill Boxes in the Axe Valley, 4 (Report - Survey). SDV347565.

SA/T602 was situated between the main railway line and the branch to Lyme Regis. It is described in the progress report of 29th October 1940 at 'concrete platform only, temporary site'.

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. 8.
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.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #91406 ]
SDV347565Report - Survey: THE DEVONSHIRE ASSOCIATION. 2008. WWII Pill Boxes in the Axe Valley. Devonshire Association. Digital + A4. 4.
SDV348825Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. CPE/UK/2431/4198. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV356784Correspondence: Adkins, L. + Adkins, R.. 1992. Pillboxes, Taunton Stop Line. Letter + Map. Unknown.
SDV356786Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 1994. Taunton Stop Line Survey. Not Applicable.
SDV356792Worksheet: Mear, K.. 1997. Horslears Water Treatment Works, Unknown Site. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV45243Part of: Axminster Strong Point on the Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV119535Part of: Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV50323Related to: Infantry Trench to north-east of Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV42342Related to: Pillbox S.48 adjacent to Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV42343Related to: Pillbox SV.7 at Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 28 2018 3:23PM