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Description: The Leas Lift, Including Waiting Rooms, Brake Houses and Railings
Date Listed: 28 April 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 175454
OS Grid Reference: TR2274235667
OS Grid Coordinates: 622742, 135667
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0771, 1.1785
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The following item shall be added to the list:
TR 2235 NE FOLKESTONE THE LEAS
1/285 The Leas Lift, including
Waiting Rooms, Brake
Houses and Railings
Water balance lift. 1st lift 1885 with 2nd lift added in 1890. Built for the
Folkestone Lift Company by Messrs Waygood and Co. This was only the 3rd lift in
England to be built operating by water balance. Waiting rooms of 1885 on lower
Sandgate Road frontage. Built of brick with tiled roof. 1 storey comprises
central entrance with wooden pediment, verandah of 6 wooden piers and central
cambered 6 panelled door flanked by casement windows. on each side are pavilion
style waiting rooms with hipped roofs and central tall 4-light canted bays under
thick wooden bargeboards. Left side pavilion has 2 casements. Right side
pavilion has 1 casement and 6 panelled door approached up a flight of stone
steps. Behind the waiting rooms rise 4 tracks 164 feet high, only the 2 1885
tracks being operational since the 1960s. Each track has an iron, wood and
glazed car. At the top of the track are 3 concrete and glazed brake houses.
The Leas frontage has a section of cast iron spear railings with dograil and urn
principals. The lift operates as follows: once the lower car was loaded the
toll collector contacted the brakesman who also had the job of supervising the
loading of the upper car. The weight of the loaded car approximated five tons
and to set them in motion the brake was released and the cistern valves opened
allowing whatever water was necessary into the tank of the upper car until its
ballast outweighed that of the lower car and its passengers. On arrival at the
bottom, the toll collector released the water into a drain running onto the
beach, although in later years, the water was pumped back up to the top for
Listing NGR: TR2240235510
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Source: English Heritage
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