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HER Number:MDV125409
Name:Emergency Water Supply reservoir off Main Avenue, Torquay

Summary

A pale circular area visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946 probably indicates the location of a Second World War emergency water supply reservoir. It seems to have been removed very soon after the end of the war.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 912 655
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.

A circular structure is 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 pale circular area of bare ground is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946, in the corner of the garden of an end-terrace house. At approximately 8 metres in diameter its size is consistent with numerous circular structures in the vicinity, which have been interpreted 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, which is in keeping with this particular location. However any structure here appears to have been removed more quickly, perhaps due to its domestic location, than other EWS in this part of Torquay (eg see MDV125405).

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: #116747 ]
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 12:08PM