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Crail Airfield,pillbox 400m south of Kirklands

A Scheduled Monument in East Neuk and Landward, Fife

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Latitude: 56.2664 / 56°15'59"N

Longitude: -2.6183 / 2°37'5"W

OS Eastings: 361799

OS Northings: 708384

OS Grid: NO617083

Mapcode National: GBR 2Y.95PS

Mapcode Global: WH8TL.RRCG

Entry Name: Crail Airfield,pillbox 400m S of Kirklands

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6460

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: 20th Century Military and Related: Pillbox

Location: Crail

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: East Neuk and Landward

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a pillbox of Second World War date.

The monument lies in a field approximately 200m SW of Crail Airfield. It comprises a pillbox constructed of concrete to a standard design, known as a type 24, with an extra wall built around it to increase its thickness. It is well-preserved.

Crail Airfield and its associated defences is one of the best-preserved abandoned airfield sites in Scotland. Although established in 1918, the surviving structures and runways date from the Second World War.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 30m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its group value as part of the defences of the Crail Airfield complex. As such it is part of a complex which is probably the finest of its class in Scotland, and serves to illustrate in concrete form the intense effort which went into defensive construction during the earlier years of World War 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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