Have you seen this WW2 gun turret exposed on a Norfolk beach?

PUBLISHED: 14:35 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:13 08 March 2018

Gun turret at Bacton. Pictures: Marianne Shelley Goddard

Gun turret at Bacton. Pictures: Marianne Shelley Goddard


A Second World War gun turret has been exposed on a Norfolk beach after the storms removed the sand.

Gun turret at Bacton. Pictures: Marianne Shelley GoddardGun turret at Bacton. Pictures: Marianne Shelley Goddard

Photographs taken by Marianne Shelley Goddard on Bacton beach yesterday afternoon have ignited quite a debate on social media.

She said: “It’s just sitting there - as large as life. I was told about it and I live in Bacton. I went down there to get some photographs. Very rarely seen...Will be gone again when the sand comes back!”

Ian Groves added: “It’s an Allan Williams Turret and had room for two soldiers, giving them a 360deg arc of fire! There’s one (at least I hope it will still be there!) on a footpath at Cley-next-the-Sea. Very visible as you approach it.”

The turret was a pre-fabricated steel defence structure designed to be manned by two men with a machine gun. They were seen as viable alternatives to concrete pillboxes.

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