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Kingston Sorting Office, Kingston upon Thames

Description: Kingston Sorting Office

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 February 1992
English Heritage Building ID: 203210

OS Grid Reference: TQ1817769087
OS Grid Coordinates: 518177, 169087
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4085, -0.3022

Location: 23 Ashdown Road, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London KT1 1BS

Locality: Kingston upon Thames
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: KT1 1BS

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Listing Text


59-0/ 7a/10000 Kingston Sorting Office


Purpose built telephone exchange. Erected 1907 and opened in June
1908. Architect John Rutherford, an architect working in the
Ministry of Works. Arts and Crafts style, asymmetrical plan.
Built of red brick in Flemish bond with stone dressings and slate
roof. Entrance front of butterfly plan has central clustered
brick and stone chimneystack and end gables with stone coping and
kneelers on pilasters. Attics have tripartite slit windows. Right
hand gable has 2 storey canted bay with pilasters separating
bays, with curved iron casements to 1st floor and mullioned and
transomed windows to ground floor. 2 storey projection in angle
of the L has 2 casements with stone surrounds and left side round
headed doorcase with hood moulding on brackets, tripartite
fanlight and double doors. To left are 2 curved casements to the
1st floor and mullioned and transomed casements to the ground
floor. Attached by brick wall is low stone wall with iron spear
railings whose principals embody elaborate insignia of Edward VII
and cast iron lamp. Left side elevation has half hipped roof with
continous 12 light dormer. 5 round headed casements to 1st floor
and left side doorcase approached up a flight of steps with iron
handrail. Tripartite casements to ground floor. Right side
elevation is blank but with large canopy to far end. Internally
there is a mosaic-tiled entrance hall, clerk's office to the
left, manager's office to the right with engineers just beyond
that. There is a large open plan "test room" with a small
"battery room" at the far end. On the 1st floor the cloakrooms,
kitchen and dining room correspond to the offices below with a
large "switch" room corresponding to the "test room". The floor
is supported on simple Doric cast iron columns. The roof is of
simple steel truss construction. Solid wood block doors
throughout and some white glazed tiles.

Listing NGR: TQ1817769087

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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