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HER Number:MDV78355
Name:Defence Post "E", Exeter Airfield


An underground pillbox of World War II date, with survivng orignal features.


Grid Reference:SX 996 940
Map Sheet:SX99SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClyst Honiton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLYST HONITON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Military structures; earthworks and archaeological remains of World War II, RAF Exeter and post medieval catchmeadows and orchard banks on footprint of modern Exeter Airport and to the east

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PICKETT HAMILTON FORT (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Francis, P., 1999, Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council, 95 (Report - non-specific). SDV323390.

Defence Post "E". A Pickett-Hamilton Fort 13313/40. Located under a grass area which appears to drain better than at the airfield's other two Picket-Hamilton Forts. The access hatch can easily be lifted, and interior is almost dry. The interior wall appears to be in very good condition, as does the lifting mechanism, which looks to be of the pneumatic type and also features a hand-operated pump. The compressed air bottle is missing. Traces of green paint can be seen on the rising mechanism and a hand-painted statement with reads: "Air Ministry Property". There is also a serial number which, although not clear, may be S621660/C17.
In fair condition. Other details: Map 9; Plate 30.

Pillbox Study Group, 2012-2020, WWII Defence Sites, e11449 (Un-published). SDV357880.

Pickett Hamilton Fort.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323390Report - non-specific: Francis, P.. 1999. Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council. Airfield Research Publishing Report. Digital + A4. 95.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #105232 ]
SDV357880Un-published: Pillbox Study Group. 2012-2020. WWII Defence Sites. Digital. e11449.

Associated Monuments

MDV48842Part of: Exeter Airfield (Military) (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4774 - Historic Airport Survey, Exeter Airport

Date Last Edited:Jun 16 2021 1:35PM