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Crail Airfield, pillbox 450m SSW of Coastguard Station

A Scheduled Monument in East Neuk and Landward, Fife

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Latitude: 56.274 / 56°16'26"N

Longitude: -2.5911 / 2°35'28"W

OS Eastings: 363490

OS Northings: 709211

OS Grid: NO634092

Mapcode National: GBR 2Z.8RSR

Mapcode Global: WH8TM.5KDN

Entry Name: Crail Airfield, pillbox 450m SSW of Coastguard Station

Scheduled Date: 4 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6515

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 on the cliff edge near the coastal path, some 150m E of Crail Airfield. It comprises a pillbox constructed of concrete, with walls some 40cm thick, of a standard design known as Type 24. An outer wall some 69cm thick has been added, making the walls a total of approximately 109cm thick. The pillbox faces in towards the airfield to repel an enemy landing on the airfield.

Crail Airfield and its associated defences is one of the best-preserved abandoned airfield sites in Scotland. Although the site was 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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