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Signal House, Foulness

Description: Signal House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 29 October 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 123133

OS Grid Reference: TR0247793772
OS Grid Coordinates: 602477, 193772
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6064, 0.9226

Location: Courtsend, Foulness, Essex SS3 9XT

Locality: Foulness
Local Authority: Rochford District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: SS3 9XT

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Listing Text

TR 09 SW
9/110 No. 41 Signal House
Cottage. Circa 1800. Timber framed and weatherboarded. Grey slate roof. Left
ridge and forward off centre right gault brick chimney stacks, that to right
plastered. Single storey. 2 windows, to left a 2-light casement with glazing
bars, to right a small paned vertically sliding sash. There are 2 doors, each
with 2 vertical upper lights, one to right the other between the windows.
Pentice boards over. The frame appears to be intact with a side purlin ridge
board roof. There are 6 rooms. The 2 chimney stacks have back to back
fireplaces, one with a C19 cast iron grate and surround. Original dining room
cupboard. A line of 28 coastal signal stations from North Foreland to Lands End
was established by the Admiraltry in 1794, the line was extended to Great
Yarmouth the following year and subsequently on to cover most of the coastline.
A signal house is shown in the position of this building on the Map of Foulness
by J. Grist 1801. There were 2 signal houses on Foulness, the other at Burwood
was demolished late C19. In 1811 the Officer (Lieutenant) in occupation of this
house was John Lundin. The equipment comprised a 50 foot mast with a 30 foot
top mast and 30 foot crossyard from which could be displayed from 10 hoists, one
red flag, one blue pendant and 4 black balls, which could be arranged through
145 combinations, each of which was related to an arbitrary signal. The signal
stations were closed in 1815 at the end of the War. This is one of the very few
survivors, one other presumed station is at Bradwell-on-Sea. R.W. Crump.
Foulness Archaeological Society, The First lO Years, 1975-85. October 1985,
unpublished May 1986.

Listing NGR: TR0247793772

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Source: English Heritage

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