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HER Number:MDV52920
Name:Pillbox SV.9 to south-west of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster


Site of a Vickers heavy machine gun pillbox. It was demolished after the war as it was in a ploughed field. Part of the Second World War Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940.


Grid Reference:SY 286 970
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/305

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLBOX (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.

Rectangular pillbox of type built to house Vickers heavy machine gun visible. Blast wall and door on south side.

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

Wills lists rectangular concrete pillbox facing west at SY286969.

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

Location map in HER.

Mear, K., 1996, Former Pillbox, Higher Abbey Farm (Worksheet). SDV356748.

Pillbox no longer there. Blown up because the field was to be ploughed.

Dobinson, C. S., 1998, The Taunton Stop Line. Component Listing, 7 (Report - non-specific). SDV109230.

Vickers HMG pillbox SV.9 of type FW3/27.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1166 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Pillbox visible on 1948 Aerial Photograph. May represent pillbox recorded on ground at SY 286 969.

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

The policy for removing pillboxes after the war was that any on arable land would be removed and those on pasture would not.

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. 7.
SDV325537Correspondence: Hunt, D.. 2006. River Axe Defences. Letter.
SDV336210Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes. Pillboxes. Unknown. 74.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #94481 ]
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. 1166.
SDV356748Worksheet: Mear, K.. 1996. Former Pillbox, Higher Abbey Farm. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV360458Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1994. Taunton Stop Line Survey. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV119535Part of: Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV52921Related to: Pillbox S.52 to south-west of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52919Related to: Pillbox SV.10 to south of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 26 2018 3:19PM