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HER Number:MDV54171
Name:Observation Post, Greathill Reservoir, Torbay

Summary

A trench was dug at Greathill Reservoir in 1940 by local defence volunteers. It was used as an observation post.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 912 679
Map Sheet:SX96NW
Civil ParishTorbay
DistrictTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishST.MARYCHURCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX96NW/118
  • Torbay HER: MTO54171

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBSERVATION POST (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1930 - 1939, 1930s Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey Six inch Map (Cartographic). SDV347563.

The reservoir is depicted with a Recording House to the north-west.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp3 5271-5272 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

Several rectilinear dark cropmarks and two curvilinear earthwork tracks or ditches are visible.


Wood, K., 1976, Attack Warning Red, 286 (Monograph). SDV143823.

It became an official ROC observation post by April 1942. In 1943 it was linked to a satellite station at Hope Cove (SX96SW/109. The main ROC post moved to Maidencombe (SX96NW/117) in 1954.


Wasley, G., 1994, Devon at War 1939-1945, 53 (Monograph). SDV165766.

A simple trench was dug at Greathill Reservoir in 1940 by Local Defence Volunteers (the LDV becoming the Home Guard)


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 (AI&M) (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Rectilinear dark cropmarks between 2 x 3 metres and 3 x 5 metres are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946 along the road around the reservoir. They may be associated with the Second World War ROC post recorded at Greathill Reservoir, perhaps the site of former structures. Curvilinear earthwork cuts either side of the road may be short tracks, but could possibly be the trench dug in 1940 by local defence volunteers mentioned by Wasley. Two rectilinear structures are visible and could also be associated. One at 291169,68024 measures 6.5 by 3.5 metres, and appears to have a porch or entrance on the eastern side. The other, at 291168,68024 corresponds to a ‘Recording House’ depicted on the 1930s mapping, and while this may have been used during the war it appears to be an earlier structure. This is still depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143823Monograph: Wood, K.. 1976. Attack Warning Red. Attack Warning Red. Unknown. 286.
SDV165766Monograph: Wasley, G.. 1994. Devon at War 1939-1945. Devon at War. Hardback Volume. 53.
SDV347563Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1930 - 1939. 1930s Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey Six inch Map. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Digital).
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp3 5271-5272 12-JUL-1946. [Mapped feature: #116813 Formerly recorded as a point at SX912679, ]
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 (AI&M). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1

Associated Monuments

MDV124098Part of: Great Hill, St Marychurch, Torquay (Monument)
MDV123925Related to: Coastguard Lookout, Hope's Nose, Torquay (Monument)

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:Aug 29 2019 1:18PM