Second World War Pillbox, West of Carhampton

Second World War pillbox, West of Carhampton
© 2017 Mark Stothard

A beach defence pillbox survives in good condition.1

It was in the corner of a field, but hedges were removed in 1994. Concrete hexagonal door to NE.2

Pillbox of non-standard design, with concrete step and platform. Approx. 1-foot high step up to a 2-feet high platform, sized 3 feet by 3 feet. The door is 3 feet high. Internal ricochet wall.

Part of the roof appears to be metal on wood rafters. The wood cladding was used on the outside.

The pillbox is visible in aerial photographs. It faces northwards, presumably with the entrance on the south side.

The pillbox was camouflaged by a hedge.3

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1 – Fortress Study Group database (John Hellis) Source Record ID: 00240. (March 1994).

2 – Verbal communication: Webster, Chris, Somerset HER (October 1994). No written material.

3 – National Record of the Historic Environment, Historic England (Last recorded update before transfer: 2007) Source Record ID: 1417858.


Dixon, J. Parish Surveys in Somerset: No 3 – Carhampton. (1980), 21.

Aerial photograph: RAF/CPE/UK/1980 4123-4124. (11/4/1947) Copy in Historic England Archives, Swindon.

Aerial photograph: NMR OS/79013 273-274. (17/4/1979) Copy in Historic England Archives, Swindon.

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