Information for record number MWA9175:
Second World War Anti-Aircraft Battery, Beckfield Lodge Farm, Fillongley

Summary The site of a Second World War anti aircraft battery, west of Beckfield Lodge Farm, Fillongley.
What Is It?  
Type: Anti Aircraft Battery
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Fillongley
District: North Warwickshire, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 30 87
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
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Source Number  

1 Recording of the anti aircraft battery prior to conversion to stables. The site survey included recording the surviving features, entrance gateway, gun pits and visible earthworks. A photographic survey was also conducted to record the structures and any internal details.
2 Four circular concrete gunpits with ammunition lockers and shelters outside the gun floor. The command post is shown on the map but could not be seen from the gateway to the field, which was not entered due to the foot and mouth restrictions. The gateway has conrete block gateposts which look contemporary with the battery.
3 A series of huts are visible to the east on 1945 aerial imagery held by Google Earth, presumably a camp associated with the battery.
4 Remains of Second World War heavy anti aircraft battery Coventry H27 near High House Farm, Fillongley. It was armed with four 3.7-inch guns after 1942. In 1946 it was retained as an Off-site Nucleus Force battery Headquarters. The emplacements and command post remain in good condition. Nissen type huts were to the east of the guns. Note. A Nuclear Force Battle Headquarters (BHQ) refers to a anti aircraft battery which remained armed into the cold war period. An Off-site BHQ refers to a facility where the guns were kept 'Off-site' - e.g. an 'Ordnance Store'.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Archaeological Report
Title: Archaeological Recording of a WWII Heavy Anti-Aircraft Gun Battery, Beckfield Lodge Farm, Fillongley, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Gethin B & Thompson P
Date: 2002
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: Report No 0205
Source No: 4
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Premises, Sites etc. within 30 miles of Harrington Museum used for Military Purposes.
Author/originator: John Brace
Date: Before 2017.
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Source No: 2
Source Type: Defence of Britain Project Record Form
Title: H27 Fillongley
Author/originator: Armishaw, A.
Date: 2001
Page Number:
Source No: 3
Source Type: Internet Data
Title: Google Earth Aerial and Street View
Author/originator: Google Earth
Date: 1945-present
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Plan of a Second World War anti aircraft battery, Fillongley
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 2002
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A Second World War anti aircraft battery, Fillongley
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 2001
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A Second World War anti aircraft battery, Fillongley
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 2001
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Plan of World War II Gun Pit 3 at Fillongley Anti Aircraft Battery, North Warwickshire
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 2002
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technique Earthwork Earthworks can take the form of banks, ditches and mounds. They are usually created for a specific purpose. A bank, for example, might be the remains of a boundary between two or more fields. Some earthworks may be all that remains of a collapsed building, for example, the grassed-over remains of building foundations.

In the winter, when the sun is lower in the sky than during the other seasons, earthworks have larger shadows. From the air, archaeologists are able to see the patterns of the earthworks more easily. Earthworks can sometimes be confusing when viewed at ground level, but from above, the general plan is much clearer.

Archaeologists often carry out an aerial survey or an earthwork survey to help them understand the lumps and bumps they can see on the ground.
monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument ORDNANCE STORE * A building or site used by the armed forces for the storage and issuing of military stores and materials. back
monument LODGE * A small building, often inhabited by a gatekeeper, gamekeeper or similar. Use specific type where known. back
monument FLOOR * A layer of stone, brick or boards, etc, on which people tread. Use broader site type where known. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument COMMAND POST * A military building from which the guns of a battery were directed. back
monument SHELTER * A structure which protects an area of ground from the weather. back
monument PIT * A hole or cavity in the ground, either natural or the result of excavation. Use more specific type where known. back
monument HUT * A building of basic construction, usually smaller in size than a house and constructed from a variety of materials such as mud, turf, branches, wood, brick, concrete or metal. Use more specific type where known. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument MUSEUM * A building, group of buildings or space within a building, where objects of value such as works of art, antiquities, scientific specimens, or other artefacts are housed and displayed. back
monument HEAVY ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY * An anti aircraft battery usually mounting weapons with a larger calibre ammunition such as the QF 3.75 inch (94mm) gun. back
monument GATEWAY * A substantial structure supporting or surrounding a gate. May be ornate or monumental, and have associated structures such as lodges, tollbooths, guard houses etc. back
monument AIRCRAFT * An aircraft, either whole or in part. Aircraft often survive as commemorative monuments, gate guardians or crash sites. back
monument STRUCTURE * A construction of unknown function, either extant or implied by archaeological evidence. If known, use more specific type. back
monument STABLE * A building in which horses are accommodated. back
monument BATTLE HEADQUARTERS * A concrete structure designed to be the headquarters for the coordination of an airfield's defences. Constructed partially underground it was only intended to be occupied during an attack. back
monument FARM * A tract of land, often including a farmhouse and ancillary buildings, used for the purpose of cultivation and the rearing of livestock, etc. Use more specific type where known. back
monument ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY * A site containing one or more artillery pieces and/or rocket launchers for firing at enemy aircraft. back
monument EARTHWORK * A bank or mound of earth used as a rampart or fortification. back
monument BATTERY * A site where guns, mortars or searchlights are mounted. Use specific type where known. back

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