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HER Number:MDV125255
Name:Temporary Offices for Prudential Insurance off Shiphay Avenue, Torbay

Summary

A group of huts is visible as structures on aerial photographs taken in 1944 and 1946, parallel to Shiphay Avenue. Recollections from a local resident and pupil at Torquay Girls' Grammar School during the Second World War confirm that Prudential Insurance had temporary offices here relocated from London. The huts have been demolished by 1957.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 894 653
Map Sheet:SX86NE
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishST.MARYCHURCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CLASSROOM? (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))
  • (Former Type) MILITARY CAMP? (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))
  • (Former Type) STORAGE DEPOT? (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))
  • COMMERCIAL OFFICE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

United States Airforce, 1944, US/7PH/GP/LOC147, US/7PH/GP/LOC147 V 5015 20-JAN-1944 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351618.

A group of structures is visible.


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

A group of structures is visible.


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

The huts have been demolished.


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.

A group of huts is visible as structures on aerial photographs taken in 1944 and 1946, parallel to Shiphay Avenue. The pitched-roof huts, each measuring circa 20m long by 8m wide, are arranged into two rows of eleven and are divided by a trackway. Four additional, but smaller, structures are also visible to the northwest and east. The origin of the huts is largely uncertain. They may be associated with the Second World War military camp (MDV125256) recorded on the southern side of Shiphay Avenue, perhaps serving as a storage depot, or alternatively were possibly erected to provide additional classroom space for evacuees sent to Torquay Girls Grammar School, circa 260m to the southeast, during the war. The huts have been demolished on aerial photographs taken in 1957.


Mrs Mary Drummond, 2019, Telephone correspondence, 03-APR-2019 (Personal Comment). SDV362960.

Mrs Drummand was a local resident and pupil at Torquay Girls' Grammar School during the Second World War and recalls that the offices were not associated with the military camp to the south, or with the school, but were temporary offices for Prudential Insurance staff transferred here from London during the early stages of the war. A number of fellow pupils evacuated to the school had fathers who worked in these offices.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV351618Aerial Photograph: United States Airforce. 1944. US/7PH/GP/LOC147. United States Airforce. Photograph (Paper). US/7PH/GP/LOC147 V 5015 20-JAN-1944.
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: #116509 ]
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.
SDV362960Personal Comment: Mrs Mary Drummond. 2019. Telephone correspondence. 03-APR-2019.

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:Apr 11 2019 3:08PM