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HER Number:MDV50875
Name:Railblock to east of Musbury Road, Axminster


Concrete railblock visible on 1948 RAF aerial photo where the railway passed through the anti-tank ditch. A single concrete block remains in situ on the west side of the course of the former railway line. Part of the Axminster fortified area on the Second World War Taunton Stop Line.


Grid Reference:SY 291 975
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/75/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RAILBLOCK (Constructed, 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.

Horner, B., 1993, Axminster Fortified Area (Ground Photograph). SDV117210.

Horner, W., 1993, Taunton Stop Line Survey (Personal Comment). SDV356786.

Site visit by F. Griffith and B. Horner 22nd December 1993. A single concrete block survives in position on the west side of the course of the former railway line. A groove in the top would have held a barrier put in place in times of emergency.

Mear, K., 1997, Possible Rail Blocks (Worksheet). SDV356727.

No evidence found. Description on map suggested rail blocks. A lot of vegetation in the area and railway line inaccessible.

Hollinrake, C. + Hollinrake, N., 2001, An Archaeological and Historical Desk Top Study of Land at Musbury Road, Axminster, 27, fig. 6 (Report - Assessment). SDV320907.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV117210Ground Photograph: Horner, B.. 1993. Axminster Fortified Area. Slide.
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. 27, fig. 6.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93819 ]
SDV348825Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. CPE/UK/2431/4198. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV356727Worksheet: Mear, K.. 1997. Possible Rail Blocks. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV356786Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 1993. Taunton Stop Line Survey. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV45243Part of: Axminster Strong Point on the Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV119535Part of: The Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV122814Related to: Anti Tank ditch at Horslears, Axminster (Monument)
MDV24551Related to: Anti-Tank Ditch on south side of Axminster (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 24 2019 2:54PM