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HER Number:MDV78359
Name:Sewage Works, Exeter Airfield


Sewage works constructed in 1940, and still in use.


Grid Reference:SY 001 940
Map Sheet:SY09SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClyst Honiton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLYST HONITON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SEWAGE WORKS (World War II to XXI - 1940 AD to 2010 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Map object based on this Source.

Francis, P., 1999, Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council, 98 (Report - non-specific). SDV323390.

Sewage from the terminal building and two civilian hangars was originally stored in septic tanks just north of the terminal, but when the airport became an RAF station a new sewage works was built on the north side of the landing ground. The existing drains were then connected to the new drainage system and the septic tanks disconnected and filled in. This then is the original Air Ministry sewage farm which became operational around June 1940, and is still in use.
Three circular septic tanks were built. At least one is where solid organic matter is liquefied by bacterial action, before passing to a percolating filter tank where further bacterial purification takes place. Upstream of the percolating tanks are eight humus drying beds. The only building extant is a small temporary brick tool shed.
The tool shed is in fair condition. The septic tanks and drying beds are in good condition. Other details: Sites 130-133, 135; Map 10.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323390Report - non-specific: Francis, P.. 1999. Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council. Airfield Research Publishing Report. Digital + A4. 98.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV48842Part of: Exeter Airfield (Military) (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4774 - Historic Airport Survey, Exeter Airport

Date Last Edited:Mar 13 2020 8:21AM