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HER Number:MDV52903
Name:Pillbox S.66 circa 70 metres south of Whitford Bridge, Musbury


Type FW3/22 pillbox with a bullet proof porch. The date 1940 is cast in the doorway. In fair condition but overgrown with vegetation. Part of the Second World War Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940.


Grid Reference:SY 262 952
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMusbury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMUSBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/294

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLBOX (Built, World War II - 1940 AD to 1940 AD)

Full description

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

Pillbox marked of Royal Engineer's plan as S.66.

Royal Air Force, 1947, CPE/UK/1974/3492 (Aerial Photograph). SDV361899.

Possible pillbox visible to east of line of anti-tank obstacles.

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

Wills lists polygonal pillbox of mixed construction facing west at SY262952.

Horner, B., 1994, Taunton Stop Line Survey (Personal Comment). SDV360458.

Shown on location map in HER.

Cochrane, J. N., 1996, Pillbox 100 metres south of Whitford to Musbury Road (Worksheet). SDV357231.

Type 24 pillbox with 'annexe' facing east. Date cast in doorway '1940' partly covered in brambles and ivy.

Dobinson, C. S., 1998, The Taunton Stop Line. Component Listing, 5 (Report - non-specific). SDV109230.

Pillbox of Type FW3/22 with 3 foot 6 inch walls.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1053 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Possible pillbox visible on 1947 Aerial Photograph. May represent pillbox recorded on ground at SY 262 952.

Hunt, D., 2006, River Axe Defences (Correspondence). SDV325537.

The Pillbox to the south of Whitford road bridge is actually a hexagonal Type 22 with a bullet proof porch added. This has one LMG loophole. The date 1940 is visible in the concrete of the porch. The porch was added to the original stop line pillbox to protect the doorway from fire from the rear when Whitford became an anti-tank island with all-round defences.

Wessex Archaeology, 2007, Historic Environment Audit of Devon County Farms. Pilot Project. Results of Waterford Farm, Musbury, 7, 15 (Report - Assessment). SDV338613.

In fair condition but overgrown. Other details: No 1051.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Building shown.

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. 5.
SDV325259Cartographic: Royal Engineers. 1940. Plans of Taunton Stop Line. Royal Engineers Survey Plan circa July 1940. Unknown. LXXII.S.
SDV325537Correspondence: Hunt, D.. 2006. River Axe Defences. Letter.
SDV336210Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes. Pillboxes. Unknown. 74.
SDV338613Report - Assessment: Wessex Archaeology. 2007. Historic Environment Audit of Devon County Farms. Pilot Project. Results of Waterford Farm, Musbury. Wessex Archaeology Report. 64350.17. A4 Stapled + Digital. 7, 15.
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. 1053.
SDV357231Worksheet: Cochrane, J. N.. 1996. Pillbox 100 metres south of Whitford to Musbury Road. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV360458Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1994. Taunton Stop Line Survey. Not Applicable.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #94473 ]
SDV361899Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. CPE/UK/1974/3492. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).

Associated Monuments

MDV119535Part of: Taunton Stop Line (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4199 - Devon County Farms Historic Environment Audit (Pilot Project)

Date Last Edited:Nov 23 2018 12:52PM