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HER Number:MDV104948
Name:Second World War Emergency Water Supply Reservoir, Babbacombe Downs

Summary

A circular structure approximately 8 metres in diameter is visible on aerial photographs taken between 1945 and 1946 on Babbacombe Downs. It is probably a Second World War temporary water tank, known as an EWS (Emergency Water Supply) reservoir.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 927 654
Map Sheet:SX96NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATER TANK (World War II to XX - 1939 AD to 1946 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1941, RAF/S411, RAF/S411 V 57-58 17-AUG-1941 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352281.

A circular structure is not visible.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK223 5087-5088 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

A circular 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 diameter.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

A circular structure is visible on aerial photographs taken between 1945 and 1946 on Babbacombe Downs. At approximately 8 metres in diameter it is smaller than most known Second World War temporary water tanks, known as EWS (Emergency Water Supply) reservoirs, which elsewhere in the country appear to be between 10-12 metres in diameter. A significantly larger reservoir was located approximately 100 metres to the north-west. Emergency Water Supply reservoirs were normally constructed in from 1941 to 1942 in areas where water supply was at risk of disruption due to air raids. It is not visible on aerial photographs so was probably built in 1942. It appears to be empty on aerial photographs taken in 1946 and is not visible in later aerial photographs. No evidence of the structure can be seen on digital images taken in 2012.

Sources / Further Reading

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.
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK223 5087-5088 12-JUL-1946. [Mapped feature: #64402 ]
SDV352281Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1941. RAF/S411. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/S411 V 57-58 17-AUG-1941.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)

Date Last Edited:Aug 15 2017 5:37PM