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HER Number:MDV72213
Name:WATERWORKS in the Parish of Upton Pyne


'Exeter Water Works' marked on 1880s-90s 25" OS map.


Grid Reference:SX 911 958
Map Sheet:SX99NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishUpton Pyne
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUPTON PYNE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV54691.

'Exeter Water Works' marked on 1880s-90s 25" OS map.

Minchinton, W., 1987, Life to the City (Monograph). SDV324778.

The Exeter Water Act, 1833, provided for the erection of water wheels, prumps, reservoirs and steam engines at the mill site at Pynes, replacing the water engine in Exe Street. A new reservoir was built at Danes Castle. An additional waterwheel was added to the waterworks in 1841 and a steam engine in 1856. In 1866 a water turbine and pump were installed to cope with increasing demand, and in 1904 another turbine and pump were added. New machinery continued to be installed in the 20th century as demand continued to rise and in 1958 the filtration plant was modernised. Facilities continued to be improved and upgraded and considerable development has taken place since 1974. All the buildings of the original 1833 waterworks have been demolished and all that survives is part of an inscription from the first buildings. The plaque from the original engine house has also been retained. The oldest building still on side is the filtration plant of 1838 which has been subsequently extended. Other details: Plans and prints.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV324778Monograph: Minchinton, W.. 1987. Life to the City. Life to the City.
SDV54691Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. 25".

Associated Monuments

MDV72214Related to: LEAT in the Parish of Upton Pyne (Monument)
MDV72215Related to: Pynes Weir, Upton Pyne (Monument)
MDV72282Related to: St. Davids, Danes Castle Reservoir (Monument)
MDV72283Related to: St. Davids, Engine Bridge (Monument)
MDV62692Related to: Upton Pyne, Pyne's Mills (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 14 2019 3:07PM