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Name:Ammunition Shelter (destroyed), Moulsham Mill, Chelmsford
SMR Number:20908
Type of record:Monument
Grid Reference:TL 714 061
Map Sheet:TL70NW


Ammunition Shelter (destroyed)

Full description

Contemporary records state, “Storehouse for Explosives. Baddow Mill. Map ref. 161247”. (Mil. Ed.) <1> The address has been variously amended to read “Baddow”, “Moulsham” or “Chelmer” mills but the map reference clearly identifies it as Moulsham Mill.

This ammunition shelter can be seen on aerial photographs taken in 1947 and, most clearly, on an oblique aerial photograph at low-level, in 1949. <2> <3> <4> It stood to the W of the mill, typically a small Nissen hut, with its entrance at the E end. Here, it would have stored the “bombs” for the spigot mortar emplacements (SMRs 20905, 20906 and 20907) at the mill.

In 2005, the site is now a small area of grass outside Marriage’s Country Store.

<1> unknown, 1968, War Time Contraventions 1968, Chelmsford (LIST). SEX31436.

<2> RAF, 1947, CPE-UK 2029-6061, April 1947 (AP). SEX65535.

<3> RAF, 1947, CPE-UK 2361-5066, Oct 1947 (AP). SEX65536.

<4> RAF, 1949, PFFO 540-173-0193 oblique, Mar 1949 (AP). SEX65537.

Monument Types

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

Associated Events

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

Protected Status

  • Historic Environment Character Zone: Chelmsford 2.13
  • Conservation Area: Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation (CHELMSFORD)
  • Historic Environment Character Area: Chelmsford 2

Sources and further reading

<1>LIST: unknown. 1968. War Time Contraventions 1968. Chelmsford.
<2>AP: RAF. 1947. CPE-UK 2029-6061. April 1947.
<3>AP: RAF. 1947. CPE-UK 2361-5066. Oct 1947.
<4>AP: RAF. 1949. PFFO 540-173-0193 oblique. Mar 1949.