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HER Number:MDV72424
Name:Pillbox S.80 200 metres south of Boshill Cross, Axmouth


World War II pillbox to the south of Boshill Cross on the east side of the B3172. Part of the Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940. Now engulfed in thicket.


Grid Reference:SY 262 924
Map Sheet:SY29SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxmouth
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMOUTH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Pill boxes, anti-tank ditches and obstacles, World War II at the Boshill Cross Stong Point of the Taunton Stop Line, a defensive crossing on the River Axe

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1417491
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

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, LXXX.III.NE (Cartographic). SDV325259.

Pillbox marked on Royal Engineer's plan as S.80.

Cochrane, J. N., 1996, Pillbox South of Boshill Cross (Worksheet). SDV356825.

Pillbox in hedge on east side of B3172, 180 metres south of Tanyard/Boshill crossroads. Type 24 reinforced concrete pillbox. Completely engulfed in thicket, inaccessible and almost invisible in summer. Photo.

Dobinson, C. S., 1998, The Taunton Stop Line. Component Listing, 5 (Report - non-specific). SDV109230.

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

Pink, F., 2014-2015, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

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. 5.
SDV325259Cartographic: Royal Engineers. 1940. Plans of Taunton Stop Line. Royal Engineers Survey Plan circa July 1940. Unknown. LXXX.III.NE.
SDV356825Worksheet: Cochrane, J. N.. 1996. Pillbox South of Boshill Cross. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014-2015. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1

Associated Monuments

MDV125708Part of: Boshill Cross Strong Point (Monument)
MDV119535Part of: The Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV39361Related to: Structure 350 metres south of Boshill Cross, Axmouth (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 7 2019 4:58PM