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HER Number:MDV376
Name:Barnstaple Water Works


Barnstaple Water Works reservoir built in 1858 with a pumping station installed by the early 20th century.


Grid Reference:SS 562 345
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RESERVOIR (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Reservoir (Barnstaple Water Works) marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map at Paleigh Park.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Pumping Station (Barnstaple Water Works Co.) marked on 1904-1906 25 inch Ordnance Survey map.

Ordnance Survey, 1930 - 1939, Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV336668.

Water Works (Barnstaple Water Co.) recorded on 1930s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map. A reservoir, tank, pump house and filter beds are shown.

Bone, M., 1973, Barnstaple's Industrial Archaeology, 34-5 (Monograph). SDV78228.

In 1858 a company obtained an act of parliament to provide Barnstaple with a more efficient system of water supply; a reservoir was built at Westaway and water was taken from the River Yeo some 5 miles from the town. A further act of parliament of 1888 empowered the company to construct another reservoir on Pickard's Down. Water was pumped from Westaway by steam power; the steam engine has been removed but the pale-brick engine house and chimney can still be seen at Westaway.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

The site of the waterworks has now been developed and a later covered reservoir is shown to the west on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #89560 ]
SDV336668Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1930 - 1939. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV78228Monograph: Bone, M.. 1973. Barnstaple's Industrial Archaeology. Barnstaple's Industrial Archaeology. A5 Paperback. 34-5.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 11 2012 10:43AM