HeritageGateway - Home

Login  |  Register
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.


HER Number:MDV104949
Name:Second World War Emergency Water Supply Reservoir, Babbacombe Downs

Summary

A circular structure approximately 17 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 926 655
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.

The 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 large 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 17 metres in diameter it is larger than most circular Second World War temporary water tanks, known as EWS (Emergency Water Supply) reservoirs, which elsewhere appear to largely be between 10-12 metres in diameter. A smaller reservoir was located approximately 100 metres to the south-east. 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 of 1941 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: #64403 ]
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