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HER Number:MDV102593
Name:Second World War water tank at North Devon Cricket Club

Summary

A circular structure visible on aerial photographs taken between 1945 and 1975 is interpreted as an Emergency Water Supply reservoir of second World War date. It may have been dug into the ground, and appears to have been disused by 1960 and removed before 1975.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 475 312
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishInstow
DistrictNorth Devon
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATER TANK (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/102, NMR RAF/106G/LA/102 5001-5002 17-JAN-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349060.

A circular structure is visible.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1420, NMR RAF/106G/91420 3237-3238 15-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349553.

A circular structure is visible.


Royal Air Force, 1960, RAF/543/1017, NMR RAF/543/1017 PSFO-0089 SS4731/1 10-AUG-1960 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349659.

A circular feature is visible.


Ordnance Survey, 1975, OS/75144, NMR OS/75144 125-126 24-MAY-1975 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349078.

No structure is visible.


Carpenter, E., 2008, The South Downs NMP Pilot Report 1: Worthing to the Weald., 45-47 (Monograph). SDV349887.

Emergency Water Supply reservoirs were constructed from early 1941. Circular forms were normally between 10 and 12 metres in diamater.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S., 2011 - 2012, North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV349018.

A circular structure dug into the ground is visible on aerial photographs taken between 1945 and 1975. At approximately 5 metres in diameter its is significantly smaller than most known Second World War temporary water tanks, known as EWS (Emergency Water Supply) reservoirs. They were normally constructed in areas where water supply was disrupted due to air raids, but this tank may have served the emergency coastal battery and associated military complex or the training area and maintenance site on Instow Sands. It appears to have been water filled in 1945, but empty on aerial photographs taken in 1960. It is not visible in aerial photographs taken in 1975 indicating that it may have been removed at approximately the same time as the coastal battery buildings themselves.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349018Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S.. 2011 - 2012. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. ACD383/2/1. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV349060Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/102. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/102 5001-5002 17-JAN-1945.
SDV349078Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1975. OS/75144. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/75144 125-126 24-MAY-1975.
SDV349553Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1420. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/91420 3237-3238 15-APR-1946. [Mapped feature: #62055 ]
SDV349659Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1960. RAF/543/1017. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/543/1017 PSFO-0089 SS4731/1 10-AUG-1960.
SDV349887Monograph: Carpenter, E.. 2008. The South Downs NMP Pilot Report 1: Worthing to the Weald.. The South Downs NMP Pilot Report 1: Worthing to the Weald.. 11-2008. 45-47.

Associated Monuments

MDV39540Related to: Instow Emergency Battery (Monument)
MDV102580Related to: Military maintenance site on Instow Sands (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project

Date Last Edited:Aug 14 2012 11:14AM