Spigot Mortar Pedestal

Back Acle Bridge, Norfolk

At Acle Bridge (known as Wey Bridge during the war) three large spigot mortar pedestals still exist, which would have enabled the defenders to fire mortar bombs across the river. The bridge was prepared for demolition in the event of invasion.

The Spigot Mortar position marks the site of a wider defence landscape. A Stop Line ran along the river and the bridge was prepared for demolition. In a more unusual form of defence - the ‘Broads Flotilla’ manned by the Home Guard and comprising three boats mounted with machine guns - also patrolled the river.

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