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HER Number:MDV52921
Name:Pillbox S.52 to south-west of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster

Summary

Hexagonal pillbox with entrance facing towards the farmhouse. Part of the Second World War Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940.

Location

Grid Reference:None recorded
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Six-sided (S52) Pillbox structure associated with Taunton Stop Line WWII defensive boundary,

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/306
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Possible pillbox visible.


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

Wills lists polgonal pillbox of mixed construction facing west at SY286970.


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

Location map in HER.


Mear, K., 1996, Pillbox at Higher Abbey Farm (Worksheet). SDV356747.

A six sided pillbox. Door facing towards farmhouse. No. 54 painted on central support. Seven windows. Beneath five windows small rectangular hole about 25 centimetres deep. The two windows either side of door do not have these holes. There is a large hole in the roof and the metal spike supports are visible.


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

Pillbox of type FW3/22 with 3ft 6in thick walls.


Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1167 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Pillbox visible on 1948 Aerial Photograph. May represent pillbox recorded on ground at SY 286 970.
SMR.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Pillbox shown as small building to south-west of farm.

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.
SDV336210Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes. Pillboxes. Unknown. 74.
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. 1167.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV356747Worksheet: Mear, K.. 1996. Pillbox at 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)
MDV52919Related to: Pillbox SV.10 to south of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52919Related to: Pillbox SV.10 to south of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52919Related to: Pillbox SV.10 to south of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52919Related to: Pillbox SV.10 to south of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV52920Related to: Pillbox SV.9 to south-west of Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 2 2018 10:32AM