Information for record number MWA8866:
World War II feature: Bofors emplacement at Rugby.

Summary The site of a Second World War gun emplacement. The remains comprise a circular concrete holdfort for a Bofors gun sited on top of a spoilheap next to the railway on the opposite side of the line to the Rugby Cement Works.
What Is It?  
Type: Gun Emplacement
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Rugby
District: Rugby, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 48 75
(Data represented on this map shows the current selected record as a single point, this is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent an accurate or complete representation of archaeological sites or features)
Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
Picture(s) attached


Source Number  

1 Circular concrete holdfort sited in a small area of ridge and furrow between Johnson Avenue and allotments north of Bilton Road, Rugby. To the north of this is a square predictor emplacement and semi-sunk shelter. This is the best preserved of the Rugby sites. The Rugby sites were manned by 313 and 314 troop, this particular emplacement was identified as FF site on the total armament list of 1940.
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 Earlier version of
1 with slightly more detail. Bofors guns were 40mm.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Defence of Britain Project Record Form
Title: Defence of Britain Project
Author/originator: Armishaw A
Date: 12/07/2000
Page Number:
Source No: 1
Source Type: Defence of Britain Project Record Form
Title: Defence of Britain Project
Author/originator: Amishaw A
Date: 2000
Page Number:
Source No: 3
Source Type: Defence of Britain Project Record Form
Title: Defence of Britain Project
Author/originator: Armishaw, Adrian
Date: 13/06/1999
Page Number:
A Second World War Bofors gun emplacement near Rugby Cement Works
Copyright: A Armishaw
Date: 2000
Click here for larger image  
back to top


Word or Phrase
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument RIDGE AND FURROW * A series of long, raised ridges separated by ditches used to prepare the ground for arable cultivation. This was a technique, characteristic of the medieval period. back
monument ALLOTMENT * A share or portion of land, allotted to a person, often used for growing, vegetables, fruit, etc. back
monument SHELTER * A structure which protects an area of ground from the weather. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument DEFENCE * This is the top term for the class. See DEFENCE Class List for narrow terms. back
monument CEMENT WORKS * A site where cement is manufactured for the building industry. 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
monument RAILWAY * A line or track consisting of iron or steel rails, on which passenger carriages or goods wagons are moved, usually by a locomotive engine. back

* Copyright of English Heritage (1999)

English Heritage National Monuments Record