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HER Number:MDV72474
Name:Pillbox S.30 to east of Weycroft Mill Weirs, Axminster


Type 24 pillbox facing north-west across the river. Constructed of concrete blocks lined with bricks. Inside is a concrete gun table. Part of the Weycroft defence area on the Second World War Taunton Stop Line, constructed in 1940.


Grid Reference:ST 309 000
Map Sheet:ST30SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and structures associated with the Weycroft Defence Area on the World War Two 'Taunton Stop Line'

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1417333
  • 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, Axminster Union & RD (Cartographic). SDV325259.

Pillbox S.30 recorded here on Royal Engineer's plans.

Hayne, D. + Weston, H., 1996, Pillbox, Weycroft (Worksheet). SDV356729.

Pillbox on the east bank of the River Axe, above the weir and salmon ladder up stream from Weycroft Bridge. It is constructed of breeze - blocks lined inside with bricks. It contains a concrete table possibly for heavy machine gun (Hotchkiss?). Now mostly covered with ivy and trees.

Horner, B., 1997, Taunton Stop Line Survey Site Visit (Site Visit). SDV360634.

Site visit 28th April 1997. Reinforced shuttered concrete type 24 pillbox in woodland above Weycroft Mill weirs. Slightly above river and on northeast side of hedgebank. Faces north-west.

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

Pillbox S.30 of type FW3/22 with 3ft 6in thick walls.

Foot, W., 2005, Defence Areas. A National Study of Second World War Anti-Invasion Landscapes in England, DA03-Weycroft-S0001227 (Report - Survey). SDV360266.

Site visit 14th January 2003. Weycroft defence area. Type 24 pillbox on east bank of the river Axe, above the weir and salmon ladder. Concrete-faced with chamfered roof edge. Faces north-west. Interior access possible (it is close to a footpath). A good example.

Passmore, A. + Passmore, M., 2010, Second World War Pillboxes, 3 (Leaflet). SDV345308.

Other details: Photograph.

Powell-Thomas, A., 2017, The West Country's last Line of Defence. Taunton Stop Line, 77 (Monograph). SDV360594.

Ivy-covered pillbox.

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.
SDV325259Cartographic: Royal Engineers. 1940. Plans of Taunton Stop Line. Royal Engineers Survey Plan circa July 1940. Unknown. Axminster Union & RD.
SDV345308Leaflet: Passmore, A. + Passmore, M.. 2010. Second World War Pillboxes. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archaeology in Devon. 13. A4 Folded. 3.
SDV356729Worksheet: Hayne, D. + Weston, H.. 1996. Pillbox, Weycroft. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV360266Report - Survey: Foot, W.. 2005. Defence Areas. A National Study of Second World War Anti-Invasion Landscapes in England. Council for British Archaeology/English Heritage. Digital. DA03-Weycroft-S0001227. [Mapped feature: #47568 ]
SDV360594Monograph: Powell-Thomas, A.. 2017. The West Country's last Line of Defence. Taunton Stop Line. The West Country's last Line of Defence. Taunton Stop Line. Paperback Volume. 77.
SDV360634Site Visit: Horner, B.. 1997. Taunton Stop Line Survey Site Visit. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV119535Part of: The Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV120385Part of: Weycroft Defence Area on the Taunton Stop Line (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4919 - Site Visit to Pillboxes and Anti-Tank Obstacles Near Axminster

Date Last Edited:Apr 8 2020 2:19PM