Suffolk's Defended Shore

BookSuffolk's Defended Shore

Suffolk's Defended Shore

Coastal Fortifications from the Air

English Heritage


July 31st, 2007



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Suffolk's Defended Shore presents an illustrated history of the development of military defences on the Suffolk coast using data collected as part of the English Heritage national survey. The survey involved the examination of both modern and historic aerial photographs which led to the creation of a detailed map of the archaeological remains on the county's coast.
The results of the survey are dominated by evidence for the military defence of the coast, reflecting the importance of the Suffolk coast in national defence strategies over many years.

Extensively illustrated, this book highlights the particular importance of historic aerial photographs which provide a different and unique perspective on the coastal defences constructed in World War II. Photographs taken during and immediately after this war sometimes provide the only visual record of the rapidly evolving defences from this period.

Author Information

Cain Hegarty is an aerial survey investigator. Sarah Newsome is a senior investigator at Historic England.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half-Title Page2
Title Page3
Copyright Page114
List of abbreviations6
1. The big picture7
2. An aerial perspective10
3. From prehistory to the medieval period17
4. The 16th to 19th centuries21
5. The 20th century up to the Second World War29
6. The Second World War41
7. The Cold War era82
8. The future of Suffolk’s coastal military remains93
Sources and archives109