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Trinity House, City of London

Description: Trinity House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 4 January 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 199786

OS Grid Reference: TQ3352280803
OS Grid Coordinates: 533522, 180803
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5104, -0.0773

Location: Trinity Square, Poplar, Greater London EC3N 4 EC3N 4AH

Locality: City of London
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: EC3N 4AH

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Listing Text

(north side)
18/488 Trinity House



1793-6, by Samuel Wyatt; interior destroyed in 1940 and reconstructed in 1952-4
by A E Richardson. Portland stone; copper roof. Double-depth plan with central
staircase. Neo-classical style. 2 storeys; 5-window range with slightly-
projecting outer bays. Rusticated ground floor with central segmental-arched
doorway flanked by semi-circular arched sashes with glazing bars and segmental
arches over tripartite sashes with glazing bars in outer bays. First floor;
paired unfluted Greek Ionic pilasters to outer bays, which have relief-carved
panels of putti holding nautical emblems between pairs of lighthouses set over
dentilled cornices and tripartite sashes with unfluted Greek Ionic columns and
balustraded apron. Three recessed bays to centre, articulated by engaged
unfluted Greek Ionic columns, have similar tripartite sash with columns flanked
by 12-pane sash set in moulded architrave with cornice; arms of Trinity House
flanked by portrait medallions of George III and Queen Charlotte. Simple block-
ing to entablature; dentilled cornice. 5-bay left side elevation with semi-
circular arched sashes to rusticated ground floor, and 12-pane first floor and
6-pane attic storey sashes set in square-headed architraves. Extension to right
by A E Richardson, 1952-4 of brick with stone dressings over channelled stone
rustication to ground floor; 5-bay range in similar style, with weathervane
surmounting canted bay to right and 3-bay return to right side wall. Interior:
finely-reconstructed interior, based on original drawings of Trinity House and
County Life photographs of 1919. Stair hall to rear has wrought-iron balustrade
with anthemion panels to staircase which divides at half-landing into two
flights which sweep round semi-circular apse lit by clerestory; entries are
flanked by columns of 'verde antico' scagliola with gilded Roman Doric capitals
to ground floor and Ionic capitals to first floor, the latter surmounted by
pairs of caryatids by Charles Wheeler. First-floor Court Room to front has
coved ceiling and fine white marble fireplace with armolu ornament. To right of
first floor is Banqueting Hall and Library by A E Richardson, with elliptical
end bays and reset stained glass dating from C16. Subsidiary features; fore-
court, enclosed by wrought-iron balustrade with tall lamp standards, is in
Borough of Tower Hamlets.
(A Oswald, 'Trinity House Restored', Country Life, 22.10.53 pp 1288-1291; The
Builder, 23.4.54, pp 712-717).

Listing NGR: TQ3352280803

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Source: English Heritage

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