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HER Number:MDV125405
Name:Emergency Water Supply reservoir at Wright's Lane, Torquay

Summary

A Second World War emergency water supply reservoir is visible as an empty circular structure on aerial photographs taken in 1946. It seems to have been removed soon after the end of the war.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 911 653
Map Sheet:SX96NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay
DistrictTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishTORMOHAM

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.

A circular structure is visible.


Royal Air Force, 1949, RAF/58/209, RAF/58/209 Vp2 5112-5113 15-APR-1949 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352462.

The structure is 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.

A circular structure is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946. At approximately 8 metres in diameter its size is consistent with an interpretation as a temporary water tank, 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 this example appears to be empty of water in 1946. It is not visible on aerial photographs taken in 1949 indicating that it was 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: #116743 ]
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 14 2019 2:53PM