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HER Number:MDV18780
Name:Denbury, Cistern


18C stone water conduit head in the middle of the crossroads in Denbury later used as a war memorial


Grid Reference:SX 823 688
Map Sheet:SX86NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDenbury and Torbryan
Ecclesiastical ParishDENBURY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86NW/88
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CONDUIT (XVIII to XXI - 1701 AD to 2009 AD (Between))
  • WAR MEMORIAL (World War I to XX - 1914 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source, Photo (Aerial Photograph). SDV35133.

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1940 - 1941, Conduits in Devon Towns and Villages, 117 (Article in Serial). SDV341237.

Conduit near Denbury church. No further information.

Department of Environment, 1952, Newton Abbot RD, 103 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV304573.

Probably XVII. Square stone structure with peaked top. Now memorial 1914-18 war. Recorded in NMR. Other details: Provisional List.

English Heritage, 1984, Denbury & Torbryan (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV325251.

Water Conduit head 29m west of Denbury church tower. Water Conduit Head, redundant and in use as War Memorial. 18C, or possibly earlier. Square stone rubble building ribbon pointed, with projecting plinth and pyramidical stone roof, the latter surmounted by a stone finial (perhaps a later addition) inscribed 1771. On east side a small rectangular aperture with 19C plank door having strap-hinges. At foot of west side a projection now cemented over probably the original trough. Above this, memorial tablets to the dead of 1914-18 and 1939-49 wars. Situated at cross roads in centre of village. Other details: LBS No 431854.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 334 (Monograph). SDV325629.

Trueman, M., 2000, Water and Sewage Step 3 Assessment (Report - non-specific). SDV288012.

Stone conduit head at central crossroads in Denbury. Date '1771' inscribed in finial. Plaques on west side are memorials for Wwi & WWII. Square stone rubble with pyramidal top, as listing description. Plank door on e side appears modern. At base of north side are 3 iron brackets & a narrow pipe.

Denbury Archive Group, 2003, An Appraisal of Denbury Cistern (Report - non-specific). SDV354790.

A cuboid, partially-dressed limestone building of approximately 2.50 metres, with a four sided pyramidal roof. The 20th century war memorial is on the west face, where a broken stone trough used to provide water for animals. The trough is now concreted over and forms an unofficial seat. Alterations on the north side accommodate the outlet to a public water supply. The door in the east side appears to be original.

Duggan, B. A., 2006, Untitled Source (Correspondence). SDV325628.

The granite capping stone on Denbury Cistern is probably not the original as the roof appears to have been altered to accommodate it. The octagonal stone is a yellowish granite pillar possibly from Tavistock Abbey & the stone may originally have formed part of a village cross, a well cross, a preaching cross or a way-side cross. The head is almost identical to the Halwell stone (see PRN38136). The '1771' carved on the cistern stone was engraved when the granite was erected & may indicate when the building was converted into a water cistern or when it was repaired. The stone is attached by an iron rod to a dressed square of limestone 0.42m x 0.8m. The rod was strengthened during restoration in 2000.

Walls, S., 2010, The Materiality of Remembrance: Twentieth Century War Memorials in Devon, DEN01-02 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV355902.

Pearce, M., 2013, Local Plan Area War Memorials Data (Un-published). SDV355042.

Brine, M. E., 2013, War Memorials (Website). SDV351333.

Denbury's 1914 war memorial is fixed to one wall of the water cistern which stands in the heart of the village. The 1939 war memorial is also fixed onto the water cistern. Photos.

Imperial War Museum, 2014, War Memorials Archive, 25865 (Website). SDV356253.

Stone tablet with moulded frame mounted onto old conduit. World War II tablet placed below it.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV288012Report - non-specific: Trueman, M.. 2000. Water and Sewage Step 3 Assessment. English Heritage Monuments Protection Programme Step 3 Report. Unknown.
SDV304573List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1952. Newton Abbot RD. Historic Houses Register. A4 Single Sheet. 103.
SDV325251List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 1984. Denbury & Torbryan. Historic Houses Register.
SDV325628Correspondence: Duggan, B. A.. 2006. Denbury Archive Group.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 334.
SDV341237Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1940 - 1941. Conduits in Devon Towns and Villages. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 21. Unknown. 117.
SDV35133Aerial Photograph: Photo.
SDV351333Website: Brine, M. E.. 2013. War Memorials. http://www.devonheritage.org/WarMemorials.htm. Website.
SDV354790Report - non-specific: Denbury Archive Group. 2003. An Appraisal of Denbury Cistern. Denbury Archive Group. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV355042Un-published: Pearce, M.. 2013. Local Plan Area War Memorials Data. Teignbridge District Council War Memorial Survey. Digital.
SDV355902Post-Graduate Thesis: Walls, S.. 2010. The Materiality of Remembrance: Twentieth Century War Memorials in Devon. University of Exeter. Digital. DEN01-02.
SDV356253Website: Imperial War Museum. 2014. War Memorials Archive. www.ukniwm.org.uk. Website. 25865.

Associated Monuments

MDV8645Related to: Halwell, Building (Monument)
MDV38136Related to: Halwell, Cross Shaft (Monument)
MDV38665Related to: Halwell, Cross Shaft (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3590 - Step 3 assessment.

Date Last Edited:Jan 19 2015 3:20PM