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HER Number:MDV17343
Name:Bovisand Reservoir, Wembury

Summary

Bovisand reservoir, early-19th century, to provision the navy and other ships in Plymouth Sound, designed by John Rennie at the same time as the breakwater. Visible as a structure on aerial photographs taken from 1940s onwards and depicted on 19th century and later maps.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 497 507
Map Sheet:SX45SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMSTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX45SE/46

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RESERVOIR (XIX - 1816 AD to 1824 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV155555.

Gaskell brown, c. /industrial archaeology of plymouth/2nd edition(1980)24.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV155556.

Rennie, j. /the plymouth breakwater/(1848).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV155557.

Plymouth underwater prospects ltd. /fort bovisand underwater centre/in parish file.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV155558.

Naish, j. /the mariner's mirror/78(1992)48/joseph whidbey and the building of the plymouth breakwater.


Gaskell-Brown, C., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV26157.

Bovisand reservoir. The reservoir was begun in 1816 and completed in 1824 to provide a good water supply for the navy and other ships in the sound. It was designed by john rennie at the same time as the breakwater, and the work was carried out by whidbey and stuart. In a deep valley 0.75 miles from the beach. Designed to hold 12,000 tons of water. At one side, a stone culvert was used to divert the stream when the reservoir was drained. The water was carried through cast iron pipes to the wharf and pier at bovisand fort where it was used up to the last war (gaskell brown).


Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/UK/871, RAF/106G/UK/871 RV 6110-6111 30-SEP-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351258.

The reservoir is depicted, with a small circular structure in the south-west part.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2105, RAF/CPE/UK/2105 RP 3138-3139 28-MAY-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351151.

The reservoir is depicted, with a small circular structure in the south-west part.


Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

The boundary of the reservoir is depicted, with the centre marked as 'Pond'.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

Bovisand reservoir is visible as a water-filled structure on aerial photographs taken from 1940s onwards, with a small circular structure in the south-west part of the water. It has not been transcribed because it is accurately depicted on 19th century and modern mapping, although the small circular feature is not mapped or visible on modern aerial imagery, so this part has been transcribed.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV155555Migrated Record:
SDV155556Migrated Record:
SDV155557Migrated Record:
SDV155558Migrated Record:
SDV26157Migrated Record: Gaskell-Brown, C..
SDV351151Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2105. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/2105 RP 3138-3139 28-MAY-1947.
SDV351258Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/UK/871. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/871 RV 6110-6111 30-SEP-1945.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #121796 ]
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV17323Related to: Fort Bovisand, Wembury (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Sep 16 2019 3:16PM