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HER Number:MDV52932
Name:Pillboxes S.45a and S.46a on Taunton Stop Line, Axminster

Summary

Site of pillboxes S.45a and S.46a on the east side of Axminster. Part of the Axminster fortified area on the Second World War Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 303 984
Map Sheet:SY39NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY39NW/83

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Engineers, 1940, Plans of Taunton Stop Line, Axminster Union & RD (Cartographic). SDV325259.

Pillboxes S46.a and S.45.a recorded in this general area on Royal Engineer's plan.


Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2431/3200 (Aerial Photograph). SDV132197.

Possible pillbox visible on Royal Air Force photograph at the junction of Sector Lane and Lyme Road. However, this is not very clear.


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

Wills lists a polygonal pillbox of mixed construction facing north-west at SY303984. Map object based on this source.


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

Location map in Taunton Stop Line Survey file.


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

Pillbox S.45a is of type FW3/22 with 3ft 6in walls. Dobinson records the location as SY303984, the same as Wills. Pillbox S.46a is at the slightly different location of SY303983 and is described as rectangular. Map object based on this Source.

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.
SDV132197Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2431/3200. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown.
SDV325259Cartographic: Royal Engineers. 1940. Plans of Taunton Stop Line. Royal Engineers Survey Plan circa July 1940. Unknown. Axminster Union & RD.
SDV336210Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes. Pillboxes. Unknown. 74.
SDV360458Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1994. Taunton Stop Line Survey. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV45243Part of: Axminster Strong Point on the Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV119535Part of: Taunton Stop Line (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Aug 17 2018 3:08PM