Information for record number MWA8857:
World War II Gun Emplacement

Summary The site of a Second World War Bofors gun emplacement. All that remains of the gun emplacement is a circular concrete holdfort. It is located in a field behind Rokeby School, Rugby.
What Is It?  
Type: Gun Emplacement
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Rugby
District: Rugby, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 50 73
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
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1 Circular concrete holdfort sited in a field behind Rokeby School, Rugby. The holdfort has 8 large bolts and a central square hole. The steel foundation plate lies half buried beside it. The rest of the site has been cleared above ground level. This site is identified as DD Bofors site in the War Diary of 113 Lt AA Bott (WO 166/2857). The Rugby sites were manned by 313 and 314 troop.
2 This site was one of 8 Bofors sites and 11 Lewis gun sites built in a ring to defend the vulnerable railway junction and important factories.
3 Circular concret holdfast for a Bofors gun. The square steel foundation plate for the gun is half buried beside it. No other remains survive above ground.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Correspondence
Title: Letter about the Defence of Britain Project
Author/originator: Armishaw A
Date: July 2000
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Defence of Britain Project Record Form
Title: Defence of Britain Project
Author/originator: Armishaw A
Date: 12/07/2000
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Defence of Britain Project Record Form
Title: Defence of Britain Project
Author/originator: Armishaw, A.
Date: 2000
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The fixing for a gun at a Second World War gun emplacement behind Rokeby School, Rugby
Copyright: A Armishaw
Date: 2000
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Word or Phrase
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument SCHOOL * An establishment in which people, usually children, are taught. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument DEFENCE * This is the top term for the class. See DEFENCE Class List for narrow terms. back
monument HOLDFAST * A plinth or pedestal, usually of concrete, to which an anti aircraft or coastal battery gun was fitted. Holdfasts are often the only evidence for a weapon which survive. back
monument GUN EMPLACEMENT * A fortified site in which a gun, mortar or cannon is positioned. back
monument SQUARE * An open space or area, usually square in plan, in a town or city, enclosed by residential and/or commercial buildings, frequently containing a garden or laid out with trees. back
monument RAILWAY JUNCTION * A place where two or more railway lines meet. back

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