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HER Number:MDV45243
Name:Axminster Strong Point on the Taunton Stop Line

Summary

Axminster, only 8 miles from the coast, was completely encircled by defences during the Second World War forming an anti-tank island on the Taunton Stop Line. The defences, visible on Royal Air Force 1948 aerial photographs, included anti-tank ditches and obstacles, road and rail blocks. Within this perimeter there were at least 20 pill boxes. See associated monuments for further details of individual sites, buildings and features.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 29 98
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/197/3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2431/3199 (Aerial Photograph). SDV109622.

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

Axminster was a fortified area on the Taunton Stop Line. Additional defences were provided to create an enclave from which the line could be held or counter-attacks launched. The original plan envisaged reserves of troops and armour within the area.

Horner, B., 1994, Axminster Strong Point (Personal Comment). SDV348804.

Details of perimeter defences visible on Royal Air Force 1948 Aerial photographs. Protection on the west is provided by the river Axe and the railway embankment supplemented in places by concrete anti-tank obstacles and lengths of anti-tank ditch. The south, east and north sides are protected by an anti-tank ditch and obstacles. The principal road and rail entry points are flanked by anti-tank obstacles and road/rail blocks. Within this perimeter there are at least 20 pillboxes.

Powell-Thomas, A., 2017, The West Country's last Line of Defence. Taunton Stop Line, 78-79 (Monograph). SDV360594.

The town of Axminster, only 8 miles from the coast, was completely encircled by defences forming an anti-tank island. The defences included anti-tank ditches and obstacles, road and rail blocks and at least 20 pillboxes. The Taunton Stop Line ran down the western side of the town.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV109622Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2431/3199. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV130111Article in Serial: Hellis, J.. 1992. The Taunton Stop Line. Fortress. 14. Unknown. 43.
SDV348804Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1994. Axminster Strong Point. Not Applicable.
SDV360594Monograph: Powell-Thomas, A.. 2017. The West Country's last Line of Defence. Taunton Stop Line. The West Country's last Line of Defence. Taunton Stop Line. Paperback Volume. 78-79.

Associated Monuments

MDV122775Parent of: Anti Tank Cubes adjacent to Railway by Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV122814Parent of: Anti Tank ditch at Horslears, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50885Parent of: Anti Tank Posts circa 109 metres north-west of Dragon's Mead, Axminster (Monument)
MDV58413Parent of: Anti-Tank Cube at Confluence of Mill Brook and River Axe (Monument)
MDV75612Parent of: Anti-Tank Cubes on East Side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV75613Parent of: Anti-Tank Cubes on East Side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV48159Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch around south-east side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV24551Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch on south side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV48158Parent of: Anti-tank Ditch to north of Bow Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV123127Parent of: Anti-Tank Ditch, Woodbury Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48160Parent of: Anti-tank ditches on the north-east side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV117274Parent of: Anti-tank obstacle to north-west of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50880Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacle to west of Axminster Coal Yard (Monument)
MDV122041Parent of: Anti-tank obstacle, Cloakham Drive, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50879Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles below Town Weir, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48163Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles north-west of Stony Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48161Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles on the north-east side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV81059Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles on west side of Musbury Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48164Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles south-west of Stony Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV117278Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles to north-west of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV117290Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles to north-west of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50883Parent of: Anti-tank obstacles to north-west of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV49432Parent of: Anti-Tank Obstacles, Stony Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV49434Parent of: Brookhill Pillbox off Chard Street, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50323Parent of: Infantry Trench to north-east of Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52933Parent of: Millbrook Pillboxes, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52905Parent of: Pillbox 190 metres southeast of Axminster Sewage Works (Monument)
MDV48167Parent of: Pillbox in field south of Morton Way, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52925Parent of: Pillbox on west side of Stony Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52906Parent of: Pillbox on Wyke Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48145Parent of: Pillbox S.38 to the north-east of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48165Parent of: Pillbox S.39 to south of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48168Parent of: Pillbox S.40 to south of Ashbrook, west of Willhays Lane, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52935Parent of: Pillbox S.41 to north of the Cemetery, Chard Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52934Parent of: Pillbox S.41a, Cloakham Lawn, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50878Parent of: Pillbox S.43 near Town Weir, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50881Parent of: Pillbox S.44 south-west of Stony Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52931Parent of: Pillbox S.44a to east of Lyme Close, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50877Parent of: Pillbox S.45 to north east of railway station, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52923Parent of: Pillbox S.46 206 metres south-east of Bow Bridge, Axminster. (Monument)
MDV48157Parent of: Pillbox S.47 to west of Factories on west side of Musbury Road (Monument)
MDV42342Parent of: Pillbox S.48 adjacent to Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV24546Parent of: Pillbox S.51a to northwest of Lower Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50876Parent of: Pillbox S.AT.601 48 metres south of Bow Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV42343Parent of: Pillbox SV.7 at Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV24545Parent of: Pillbox SV.8 to northwest of Lower Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52936Parent of: Pillbox to north of Lyme Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50884Parent of: Pillbox to north-east of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52922Parent of: Pillbox, Lyme Close, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52932Parent of: Pillboxes S.45a and S.46a on Taunton Stop Line, Axminster (Monument)
MDV117217Parent of: Possible Anti-tank Obstacle north-east of Bow Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV117218Parent of: Possible Anti-tank Obstacle north-east of Stony Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV119034Parent of: Possible Pillbox north of Millbrook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52908Parent of: Possible Pillbox, Foxhill, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50875Parent of: Railblock to east of Musbury Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV49214Parent of: Road Block SRD.60 at west end of Bow Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV77283Parent of: Road Block, Morton Way, Axminster (Monument)
MDV49215Parent of: Roadblock on north-east side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV72485Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.134, Lyme Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV50882Parent of: Roadblock S.RD.57 to north of Mill Brook, Axminster (Monument)
MDV72483Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.58, Chard Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV72484Parent of: Roadblock S.Rd.59 at Stony Bridge, Axminster (Monument)
MDV42344Parent of: S.A/T.602 Anti-Tank Gun Emplacement, next to Horslears Sewage Works, Axminster (Monument)
MDV48156Parent of: Shoals Pillbox, Axminster (Monument)
MDV119535Part of: The Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV117295Related to: Military Base to north of Lime Road, Axminster (Monument)
MDV24804Related to: Stony Lane, Axminster (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 11 2019 12:35PM