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HER Number:MDV125403
Name:Emergency Water Supply reservoirs at Westhill Farm (now Chatto Court), Torquay

Summary

Two 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 915 656
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.

Two circular structures are visible.


Royal Air Force, 1949, RAF/58/209, RAF/58/209 Vp2 5112-5113 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.

Two circular structures are visible behind Westhill Farm 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. Neither is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1949 indicating that they were 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: #116742 ]
SDV352462Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1949. RAF/58/209. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/209 Vp2 5112-5113 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 7 2019 2:38PM