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HER Number:MDV52917
Name:Anti-Tank Ditch near Lower Abbey Farm, Axminster

Summary

Line of former anti-tank ditch which ran along the west side of the railway embankment near Lower Abbey Farm. Part of the Second World War Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 286 975
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Cropmarks of Exeter to Dorchester Roman road agger (ditch) and below-ground archaeological remains and earthworks of World War II anti-tank ditch on Taunton Stop Line (TSL), west of Axminster

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/303
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ANTI TANK DITCH (Constructed, World War II - 1940 AD to 1940 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Section of removed anti-tank ditch visible. The line of the ditch, still extant, may continue south of the railblock.


Royal Air Force, 1947, CPE/UK/1974/1494 (Aerial Photograph). SDV361861.


Royal Air Force, 1948, CPE/UK/2431/4198 (Aerial Photograph). SDV348825.


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

An anti-tank ditch ran along west side of railway embankment from circa SY28459728 to SY28979781. It formed the front line of the Taunton stop-line at point where the rivers Axe and Yarty meet as far as the steeper railway embankment. Part described under MDV24551. The southern end of the ditch is clear on the RAF 1947 aerial photo but has been partly obliterated by the time of the 1948 aerial photo. A concrete obstacle rail block is visible at its southern terminal. Location map in HER.


Hollinrake, C. + Hollinrake, N., 2001, An Archaeological and Historical Desk Top Study of Land at Musbury Road, Axminster, 17, Fig. 5 (Report - Assessment). SDV320907.


Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1151 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Anti-tank ditch ran along west side of railway embankment from circa SY2845 9728 (concrete anti-tank obstacle also this point) to SY2897 978. Part of Taunton Stop Line.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 17, Fig. 5.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #94478 ]
SDV348825Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. CPE/UK/2431/4198. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
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. 1151.
SDV360458Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1994. Taunton Stop Line Survey. Not Applicable.
SDV361861Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. CPE/UK/1974/1494. 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 2 2018 12:22PM