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HER Number:MDV49827
Name:Anti-Tank Obstacles east of the River Axe


Several hundred pyramid shaped Second World War anti-tank obstacles (pimples) have been reused to stabilise the river bank to the north of Axe Bridge.


Grid Reference:SY 260 927
Map Sheet:SY29SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishColyton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLYTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29SE/241

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ANTI TANK PIMPLE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Horner, W., 10/02/1993, Anti Tank Obstacles (Personal Comment). SDV125264.

Site visit on 6th February 1993. Pile of possible concrete anti-tank obstacles visible on riverbank beside pillbox. Appear to be re-deposited, possibly from position of MDV47887.

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

The Royal Engineer's Plan indicates an enclosing line of defences to the immediate east of this position, the defences surround Pillboxes S.76, S.77 and S.78 but do not appear on the later 1947 aerial photograph nor do they line up with the later 'Boxhill Cross Hedgehog' defences. It is likely that the 'circa 1940 enclosing line' was only ever planned and never built.

Cochrane, J. N., 1997, Reused Anti Tank Obstacles (Worksheet). SDV357215.

Several hundred (200-300) pyramid shaped anti-tank obstacles (pimples) reused to stabilise river bank. Possibly reused from further up river or from the north-east strech of the Boxhill Cross Hedgehog, where there appears to have been a belt of posts or pimples as indicated on RAF aerial photos.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1291 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Pile of possible (?redeposited) concrete anti-tank obstacles visible next to pillbox on Aerial Photograph.

Horner, W., 26/09/1995, Anti Tank Obstacles (Personal Comment). SDV125265.

Site visit on 18th September 1995. Closer inspection shows that these are indeed anti-tank obstacles of a pyramidal kind ('pimples').

Sources / Further Reading

SDV125264Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 10/02/1993. Anti Tank Obstacles. Not Applicable.
SDV125265Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 26/09/1995. Anti Tank Obstacles. Not Applicable.
SDV325259Cartographic: Royal Engineers. 1940. Plans of Taunton Stop Line. Royal Engineers Survey Plan circa July 1940. Unknown. LXXXIII NE.
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. 1291.
SDV357215Worksheet: Cochrane, J. N.. 1997. Reused Anti Tank Obstacles. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital. [Mapped feature: #30783 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV125708Part of: Boshill Cross Strong Point (Monument)
MDV119535Part of: Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV47887Related to: Anti-Tank Obstacles circa 235 metres north of Axe Bridge, Axmouth (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 26 2019 2:57PM