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HER Number:MDV52909
Name:Pillbox to north of Whitford Bridge, Shute


Type 24 pillbox with a shell proof porch.


Grid Reference:SY 262 954
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishShute
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHUTE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/296

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 on Royal Engineer's plans as S.64.

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

Structure visible on RAF aerial photo.

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

Wills lists polygonal pillbox of mixed construction facing west at SY263954.

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

Location map in HER.

Cochrane, J. N., 1996, Pillbox on Bank of River Axe South-east of Whitford (Worksheet). SDV357370.

Type 24 with 'annex' facing east, breeze block shuttering and brick interior shuttering. Half overgrown with brambles and ivy. Photo.

Dobinson, C. S., 1998, The Taunton Stop Line. Component Listing, 4 (Report - non-specific). SDV109230.

Type FW3/22 pillbox with 3 foot 6 inch thick walls.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1050 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Possible pillbox visible on 1947 Aerial Photograph. May represent pillbox recorded on ground at SY 263 954.

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

The pillbox to the north of the Whitford bridge is a Type 24 and has a shell proof porch. In this case the loophole appears to have had a large steel shutter possibly for a MMG (although the 'table' provided is too small for the Vickers tripod). Shutter would have been similar to the ones at Forton at NGR ST34300691.

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

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

Pillbox 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. 4.
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.
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. 1050.
SDV357370Worksheet: Cochrane, J. N.. 1996. Pillbox on Bank of River Axe South-east of Whitford. 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: #94477 ]
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: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 16 2018 2:22PM