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Description: Enderby House
Date Listed: 8 June 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 200260
OS Grid Reference: TQ3914178761
OS Grid Coordinates: 539141, 178761
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4907, 0.0028
4412 CHRISTCHURCH WAY SE10
TQ 3978 16/778
(Office premises of Submarine Cables Ltd when surveyed).
Early-mid C19 building of 2 storeys 2 windows and with wide projecting bay placed
diagonally across left corner, Modern rendering with incised lines. Stone cornice
and blocking course. Sash windows, some with vertical bars. Nondescript external
appearance but contains a handsome octagonal first floor room (giving onto the
diagonal bay, from whence the ship owner saw his vessels approach). At angles
narrow columns, with leafy capitals, support enriched entablature. Above this
a domed roof light with cast iron tracery. Oval landing outside has doors curved
to wall shape.
Enderby House belonged to the firm of Samuel Enderby, the largest whalers and
sealers in Britain, and pioneers of Antarctic exploration. Hermann Melville
describes their flagship and crew in "Moby Dick".
After the decline of British whaling the Submarine Cable Company berthed the
"Great Eastern" at this spot. Listed partly for historical reasons.
Listing NGR: TQ3914178761
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Source: English Heritage
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