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HER Number:MDV125329
Name:Emergency Water Supply reservoirs at Plainmoor Stadium, Torquay

Summary

Three Second World War emergency water supply reservoirs are visible as empty circular structures on aerial photographs taken in 1946. They seem to have been removed soon after the end of the war.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 918 651
Map Sheet:SX96NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay
DistrictTorbay
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 Vp1 5086-5087 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

Three circular structures are visible.


Royal Air Force, 1949, RAF/58/209, RAF/58/209 Vp2 5054-5055 15-APR-1949 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352462.

The structures are not visible.


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.

Three circular structures are visible to the west of the football ground on aerial photographs taken in 1946. At approximately 8 metres in diameter their size is consistent with an interpretation as temporary water tanks, many of which were constructed during the Second World War and known as EWS (Emergency Water Supply) reservoirs. They were normally used in areas where water supply was disrupted due to air raids, and these examples appear to be empty of water in 1946. They are not visible in aerial photographs taken in 1949 and were presumably removed soon after the war.

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 Vp1 5086-5087 12-JUL-1946. [Mapped feature: #116618 ]
SDV352462Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1949. RAF/58/209. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/209 Vp2 5054-5055 15-APR-1949.
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

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:Mar 4 2019 11:10AM