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HER Number:MDV72488
Name:Roadblock S.RD.69 on Axe Bridge


Site of a second World War roadblock on Axe Bridge. Parts of the road were probably resurfaced soon after the war ended. Part of the Taunton Stop Line constructed in 1940.


Grid Reference:SY 259 926
Map Sheet:SY29SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishColyton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLYTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Engineers, 1940, Plans of Taunton Stop Line, LXXXIII.NE (Cartographic). SDV325259.

Roadblock S.Rd.69 marked on Royal Engineer's plan.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 RP 3357-3358 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

Two darker patches are visible on the road.

Dobinson, C. S., 1998, The Taunton Stop Line. Component Listing, 13 (Report - non-specific). SDV109230.

Roadblock S.Rd.69 for Colyford, Priority 'B' with 13 tetrahedra and 15 mines.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

Several darker patches on the road across the Axe, visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946, are co-located with the position of Second World War roadblocks. The darker parts may be areas of resurfacing that took place when the roadblock obstacles were taken up during or soon after the war. The darker areas relating to this particular roadblock are 18 and 16 metres in length, located at circa SY2588992648 and SY2593692646. A small pale rectangular structure, 1.5 by 2.5 metres, at SY2593592638 may have been a structural support for a rail across the road. The features are not visible on photographs post-dating the 1940s and it is uncertain whether any remains survive. An additional dark area was located on the west end of the bridge at circa SY2547092721, running for approximately 90 meters, and this may be related.

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. 13.
SDV325259Cartographic: Royal Engineers. 1940. Plans of Taunton Stop Line. Royal Engineers Survey Plan circa July 1940. Unknown. LXXXIII.NE.
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV352504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 RP 3357-3358 13-APR-1946. [Mapped feature: #99933 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV125708Part of: Boshill Cross Strong Point (Monument)
MDV119535Part of: The Taunton Stop Line (Monument)
MDV42603Related to: Ford over the Axe at Axmouth (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)

Date Last Edited:Mar 26 2021 2:27PM