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The Ladywell Water Tower, Lewisham

Description: The Ladywell Water Tower

Grade: II
Date Listed: 7 November 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 203479

OS Grid Reference: TQ3726074560
OS Grid Coordinates: 537260, 174560
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4534, -0.0259

Location: 2 Dressington Avenue, Lewisham, Greater London SE4 1HH

Locality: Lewisham
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SE4 1HH

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added:-
TQ 3774
The Ladywell Water Tower


Water tower. 1898-1900 by Ernest Newman, the founder of the Art Workers Guild. It
was the water tower to St Olave's Union, built to house the aged and infirm which
was a new development from the workhouses. Built of yellow brick in Flemish bond
with red brick dressings and lacing courses. 120 feet high battered square tower of
5 storeys on plinth with moulded stone band. 1 cambered window opening to each
floor. Moulded stone and brick cornice with huge green painted cast iron water tank
with 3 x 5 panels to front. Hipped slate roof with gabled dormer with semi-circular
opening and keystone. Ornamental cast iron balustrading to tap with corner finials
with spiked balls. The water tower had a well 120 feet deep from which water was
drawn to supply the laundry and local houses. Most of St Olave's Union has since
been demolished with the exception of the water tower and the central hospital unit.

Listing NGR: TQ3726074560

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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