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HER Number:MDV48167
Name:Pillbox in field south of Morton Way, Axminster


Polygonal pillbox visible in allotments on 1948 Royal Air Force aerial photograph, to west of anti-tank ditch. May be a later addition to the Second World War Taunton Stop Line defences.


Grid Reference:SY 297 978
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/275

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

There is no reference to a pillbox here on the Royal Engineer's plan, the pillbox may be a later addition to the Taunton stop-line defences. Other details: Axminster Union & RD.

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2431/3200 (Aerial Photograph). SDV132197.

Polygonal pillbox visible in allotments on RAF 1948 aerial photograph. Probably type FW3/24. Covers anti-tank ditch to east.

Ordnance Survey, 1967, SY2997 (Cartographic). SDV132677.

Six-sided building recorded on Ordnance Survey 1:2500 plan.

Wills, H., 1985, Pillboxes. A Study of UK Defences 1940, 74 (Monograph). SDV336210.

Wills lists polygonal east-facing pillbox of mixed construction at SY298979. Possibly the same site as one listed at SY298980.

Exeter Archaeology, 2008, Archaeological Assessment of Land off Duke's Way, Axminster, Devon, 4-5 (Report - Assessment). SDV342566.

During the site visit it could be seen that the general condition of the pillbox is fairly good and the internal walls retain some 1940s yellow paintwork. Other details: Site 3, figure 7; Plates 1-3.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV132197Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2431/3200. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown.
SDV132677Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1967. SY2997. Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map. Unknown.
SDV325259Cartographic: Royal Engineers. 1940. Plans of Taunton Stop Line. Royal Engineers Survey Plan circa July 1940. Unknown.
SDV336210Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Pillboxes. A Study of UK Defences 1940. Pillboxes. Hardback Volume. 74.
SDV342566Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2008. Archaeological Assessment of Land off Duke's Way, Axminster, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 08.24. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4-5.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93121 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV45243Part of: Axminster Strong Point on the Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV119535Part of: The Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV48159Related to: Anti-Tank Ditch around south-east side of Axminster (Monument)
MDV75607Related to: Latrine Pit in Old Allotments, south of Morton Way, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52908Related to: Possible Pillbox, Foxhill, Axminster (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4523 - Archaeological Assessment of Land off Duke's Way, Axminster, Devon

Date Last Edited:May 3 2019 8:26AM