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HER Number:MDV125179
Name:Emergency Water Supply off Shiphay Avenue, Torbay

Summary

Two upstanding circular structures interpreted as possible Second World War Emergency Water Supply tanks are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946. They have been demolished by 1957.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 896 653
Map Sheet:SX86NE
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishST.MARYCHURCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp2 5178-79 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

Two circular upstanding structures are visible.


Royal Air Force, 1957, RAF/58/2186, RAF/58/2186 F21 042-43 30-MAY-1957 (Aerial Photograph). SDV362780.

The water tanks have been demolished and the area developed for housing.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Two upstanding circular structures are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946. The structures, which both measure approximately 8m in diameter, are possibly Second World War temporary water tanks known as an EWS (Emergency Water Supply) reservoir. Emergency Water Supply reservoirs were normally constructed from 1941 to 1942 in areas where water supply was at risk of disruption due to air raids. At approximately 8m in diameter, they are closely comparable to most known Emergency Water Supply reservoirs, which elsewhere in the country appear to be between 10-12 metres in diameter. The EWS have been demolished and the area developed for housing by 1957.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp2 5178-79 12-JUL-1946. [Mapped feature: #116401 ]
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV362780Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1957. RAF/58/2186. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/2186 F21 042-43 30-MAY-1957.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Feb 15 2019 10:12AM