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Name:Ammunition Shelter (destroyed), track to Whitehouse Farm, Chelmsford
SMR Number:20910
Type of record:Monument
Grid Reference:TL 715 059
Map Sheet:TL70NW


Ammunition Shelter (destroyed)

Full description

Aerial photographs taken in 1947 and 1949, the latter a low-level oblique, clearly show an ammunition shelter standing on the grass a few yards N of the track which led to Whitehouse Farm. It typically took the form of a small Nissen hut, bricked at both ends, with an entrance in the E end. In this position it would have stored the “bombs” for the spigot mortar emplacement 100 yards to the E (SMR 20909). <1> <2> <3>

In 2005, only the first few yards of the track itself still survives as the “new” A414 now follows almost the same path. The location of the ammunition shelter, in the modern landscape, would be on the grass verge beside the S carriageway.

<1> RAF, 1947, CPE-UK 2029-6061, April 1947 (AP). SEX65535.

<2> RAF, 1947, CPE-UK 2361-5066, October 1947 (AP). SEX65536.

<3> RAF, 1949, PFFO 540-173-0193 oblique, March 1949 (AP). SEX65537.

Monument Types

  • AMMUNITION SHELTER (WWII, Modern - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Events

  • Visit by Fred Nash - Jan 2005 (Ref: Nash CHL Jan 2005)

Protected Status

  • Historic Environment Character Zone: Chelmsford 4.2
  • Historic Environment Character Area: Chelmsford 4

Sources and further reading

<1>AP: RAF. 1947. CPE-UK 2029-6061. April 1947.
<2>AP: RAF. 1947. CPE-UK 2361-5066. October 1947.
<3>AP: RAF. 1949. PFFO 540-173-0193 oblique. March 1949.