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Burrator Dam

A Grade II Listed Building in Meavy, Devon

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Latitude: 50.494 / 50°29'38"N

Longitude: -4.0437 / 4°2'37"W

OS Eastings: 255138

OS Northings: 68019

OS Grid: SX551680

Mapcode National: GBR Q0.LC51

Mapcode Global: FRA 27FR.DGC

Plus Code: 9C2QFXV4+JG

Entry Name: Burrator Dam

Listing Date: 1 September 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1382342

English Heritage Legacy ID: 482709

Location: Meavy, West Devon, Devon, PL20

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Meavy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Tagged with: Dam

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1537/5/10013 Burrator Dam


Reservoir dam. 1893-8; by James Manserch and Edward Sandeman, engineers; 1923-8 raised by 10ft. Concrete construction, faced in rusticated rock-faced granite. The outer [air] wall has extreme batter at its base. Above, at the centre a 5-bay arcaded weir spillway with battered bases to its piers and imposts to segmental arches. Rusticated stringcourses and coping to the parapets, the coping raised over the weir spillway; carriageway over the top of the dam with similar parapet on the reservoir side. Abutments have curved splays.
NOTE: Burrator Reservoir is supplied by the River Meavy and serves the City of Plymouth and Devonport. It held 657 million gallons of water and the capacity was increased to 1026 million gallons in 1923-8 when the dam was raised. It was the first substantial dam built in the South West of England.
SOURCE: 'Burrator and Sheepstor Dams', entry in Civil Engineering Heritage, Southern England, Institution of Civil Engineers.

Listing NGR: SX5513868019

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