Defence of Britain Archive

Council for British Archaeology, 2002 (updated 2006)

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Remarkable surviving sections (some 500 yards) of anti-tank ditch running within woodland. Long lengths survive to original width and depth, and include the sharp-angled corners and a short spur length running up to pillbox UORN 8550. The rampart of the ditch, on its N and E side, also survives. The ditch (in its best preserved sections) is some 15ft wide at the top and 6ft at the bottom, with a depth of some 10ft. The rampart is some 15ft wide and 2ft-3ft high.
(Source: Field Visit 2003/02/05)
Anti-tank ditch plotted from air photograph.
(Source: Air Photograph 1946/01/14)
Anti-tank ditch. Still survives within woodland.
(Source: Book 1999)
Unfilled anti-tank ditch.
(Source: Book 1999)

Type of site ANTI TANK DITCH
Location Running on S edge of Hog Wood.
Area Hinton Charterhouse, Bath and North East Somerset, England
Grid reference ST 7725 5956
ST 7737 5955
ST 7737 5952
ST 7742 5945
ST 7749 5952
Period WW2
Condition Good
Materials Earthwork
Recorder Foot, William (English Heritage Defence Areas Project)
Defence grouping GHQ Line: Green - Stop Line - Burnham on Sea to near Melksham (where it joins with the GHQ Line: Blue) and then north to the River Severn at Newnham. This line is also known as the Bristol Outer Line. Manned by VIII Corps.
Photographs View of ANTI TANK DITCH - S0008552 View of ANTI TANK DITCH - S0008552 View of ANTI TANK DITCH - S0008552
View of ANTI TANK DITCH - S0008552 View of ANTI TANK DITCH - S0008552 View of ANTI TANK DITCH - S0008552
(1) - general view
DOB site reference: S0008552
Reference 1999 Ironside's Line
1999 Warwalks: Stop Line Green
1946/01/14 3G/TUD/UK/25 (frs.5165-5166)
Event Construction, In the period 1940 1941
Field Visit, On 2003/02/05