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HER Number:MDV9380
Name:Tottiford Reservoir, Hennock

Summary

Reservoir was constructed in 1860 with a capacity of 30 million gallons, increased later three times by raising its banks. They are enclosed by earthen embankments with core walls of clay puddle carried across natural valleys. The middle reservoir, Tottiford, is drawn into the lower reservoir, Trenchford, from which the supply is taken to the filters.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 810 831
Map Sheet:SX88SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChristow
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishHENNOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88SW/38

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RESERVOIR (XIX - 1860 AD to 1869 AD (Between))

Full description

Kingdon, A. S., 1938 - 1942, Torquay Water and Electricity, Vol 8, page 140 (Article in Serial). SDV349152.

Designed to hold 30 million gallons but increased during construction to 50 million gallons. In 1866 dam was raised to hold 80 million gallons. In 1867 raised again to hold 103 million gallons.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1823, 4038 (Aerial Photograph). SDV121530.


Bastow, R. F., 1956, The diatom-flora of the Torquay Corporation Waterworks in the parish of Hennock, pg 239-40 (Article in Serial). SDV311186.

Tottiford Reservoir. The water undertaking consisted in 1856 only of the old mill at Tottiford fed by a leat which received the waters of two streams, Kennick and Trenchford. In 1860 it was necessary to construct Tottiford reservoir with a capacity of 30 million gallons, increased later three times by raising its banks. They are enclosed by earthen embankments with core walls of clay puddle carried across natural valleys. The middle reservoir, Tottiford, is drawn into the lower reservoir, Trenchford, from which the supply is taken to the filters.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Visible and recorded.


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

Tottiford Reservoirs. Impounding scheme for Torquay consisting of 3 earth-dam reservoirs built between 1861 and 1929.


Fyfe, R., 2010, Trial excavation and survey at Tottiford Reservoir, Dartmoor, pg 1-2 (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV349875.

In Autumn 2009 a prehistoric complex was identified beneath Tottiford reservoir, following draw-down of the reservoir to 6% capacity by South West Water.


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

Map object is based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV121530Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1823. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4038.
SDV288012Report - non-specific: Trueman, M.. 2000. Water and Sewage Step 3 Assessment. English Heritage Monuments Protection Programme Step 3 Report. Unknown.
SDV311186Article in Serial: Bastow, R. F.. 1956. The diatom-flora of the Torquay Corporation Waterworks in the parish of Hennock. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 88. Unknown. pg 239-40.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV349152Article in Serial: Kingdon, A. S.. 1938 - 1942. Torquay Water and Electricity. Transactions of the Torquay Natural History Society. 8. Unknown. Vol 8, page 140.
SDV349875Report - Geophysical Survey: Fyfe, R.. 2010. Trial excavation and survey at Tottiford Reservoir, Dartmoor. University of Plymouth Report. A4 Comb Bound. pg 1-2.

Associated Monuments

MDV104868Related to: Bridge between Tottiford and Trenchford Reservoirs (Monument)
MDV102540Related to: Double stone row, Tottiford Reservoir (Monument)
MDV120102Related to: Earthworks and building remains north-east of Tottiford Reservoir (Monument)
MDV120103Related to: Field boundaries in plantation east of Tottiford Reservoir (Monument)
MDV102544Related to: Flint scatter in prehistoric complex, Tottiford Reservoir (Monument)
MDV9347Related to: Kennick Reservoir (Monument)
MDV102542Related to: Linear stone feature, Tottiford Reservoir (Monument)
MDV102543Related to: Probable clearance cairns, Tottiford Reservoir (Monument)
MDV102539Related to: Stone circle, Tottiford Reservoir (Monument)
MDV9384Related to: Trenchford Reservoir (Monument)
MDV120108Related to: Weir between Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoirs (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5938 - Trial excavation and survey at Tottiford Reservoir
  • EDV5941 - Survey of the prehistoric complex at Tottiford Reservoir
  • EDV5942 - Geophysical survey at Tottiford Reservoir (Ref: 2010/48)
  • EDV5944 - Excavation at Tottiford Reservoir (Ref: 74159)
  • EDV7432 - Archaeological survey of woodland around Kennick and Tottiford Reservoirs

Date Last Edited:Oct 24 2017 12:18PM