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HER Number:MDV9384
Name:Trenchford Reservoir

Summary

Trenchford Reservoir, 1903-7. Best remains and most pleasing composition of the three reservoirs, style matching that of the earlier two. Valve tower a simple iron column with iron valves, reached by walkway. Outlet at base of dam, into concrete channel. Simple concrete spillway with concrete bridge over. Iron pipework runs across base of spillway. Commemorative stone at northern end of the dam. Original fencing posts and gates (with mechanism for holding wires tight) remain on west side of dam, by F. Marton & Co. of Liverpool.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 804 826
Map Sheet:SX88SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
Civil ParishChristow
Civil ParishHennock
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88SW/41

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RESERVOIR (XX - 1903 AD to 1907 AD (Between))

Full description

Kingdon, A. S., 1938 - 1942, Torquay Water and Electricity, 141 (Article in Serial). SDV349152.

Completed August 1907 with capacity of 171 million gallons. History of the reservoir given.


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, 239-240 (Article in Serial). SDV311186.

Trenchford Reservoir. The reservoirs are enclosed by earthen embankments with core walls of clay puddle carried across natural valleys. A third reservoir, known as Trenchford, was constructed in 1907, total storage of the three reservoirs being 468 million gallons. The middle reservoir, Tottiford, is drawn into the lower reservoir, Trenchford, from which the supply is taken to the filters. The water from the Fernworthy reservoir, finished in 1942, is conveyed by pipeline and discharged into the Trenchford reservoir.


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

Visible on the aerial photograph and recorded on the map overlay.


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

Trenchford Reservoir, 1903-7. Best remains and most pleasing composition of the three reservoirs, style matching that of the earlier two. Valve tower a simple iron column with iron valves, reached by walkway. Outlet at base of dam, into concrete channel. Simple concrete spillway with concrete bridge over. Iron pipework runs across base of spillway. Commemorative stone at northern end of the dam. Original fencing posts and gates (with mechanism for holding wires tight) remain on west side of dam, by F. Marton & Co. of Liverpool.

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. 239-240.
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.
SDV349152Article in Serial: Kingdon, A. S.. 1938 - 1942. Torquay Water and Electricity. Transactions of the Torquay Natural History Society. 8. Unknown. 141.

Associated Monuments

MDV120107Related to: Ash-house at Higher Mardon, Christow (Monument)
MDV104868Related to: Bridge between Tottiford and Trenchford Reservoirs (Monument)
MDV22325Related to: Bullaton Farmstead, Bovey Tracey (Building)
MDV120105Related to: Farm buildings at Higher Mardon, Christow (Building)
MDV120106Related to: Farmhouse at Higher Mardon, Christow (Building)
MDV120109Related to: Field system around Higher and Lower Mardon Farms (Monument)
MDV108166Related to: Higher Mardon Farmstead, Christow (Monument)
MDV9347Related to: Kennick Reservoir (Monument)
MDV71014Related to: RESERVOIR in the Parish of Hennock (Monument)
MDV9380Related to: Tottiford Reservoir, Hennock (Monument)
MDV120110Related to: Water tank east of Trenchford Reservoir (Monument)
MDV120108Related to: Weir between Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoirs (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7432 - Archaeological survey of woodland around Kennick and Tottiford Reservoirs

Date Last Edited:Oct 24 2017 2:03PM