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West Ham Precinct of the North East London Polytechnic, Newham

Description: West Ham Precinct of the North East London Polytechnic

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 October 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 204954

OS Grid Reference: TQ3946184629
OS Grid Coordinates: 539461, 184629
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5433, 0.0097

Location: Romford Road, Stratford, Greater London E7 8AE

Locality: Newham
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: E7 8AE

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Listing Text

In the entry for;


West Ham College of
Technology, Central
Library and Museum

The item shall be amended to read;

West Ham Precinct
of the North-East
London Polytechnic


6/7 (North side)

- West Ham College of
Technology, Central
Library and Museum

- II*

Combined College, library and museum building 1895-98 by J G S Gibson and S B Russell.
Sculpture by W Binnie Rhind. Ambitious and distinguished group of buildings in
Free Classical style with distinctive Art Nouveau emphasis. Red brick and Portland
stone with steep slated pitched roof. College comprises principal range to Romford
Road. Nine bays wide, 2 storeys. Segmental window openings to ground floor with
rusticated stone architraves and keystones. Round arched entrance with large semi-
circular head supported by enriched consoles and female kneeling figures. Deep
delicately carved frieze between storeys. Order of engaged columns rise through
first floor to support enriched entablature to eaves cornice. Elaborate lead gutter
above. Upper part of each bay divided by smaller order of engaged columns to form
windows with leaded lights. Square battered brick terminal towers stand proud of
the principal range with shallow domed stone heads and a single semicircular pedi-
mented niche to each face housing carved figure. End gables crowned by concave
sided pavilion roofs with stone and ironwork balustrades surmounted by cupolas with
Art Nouveau finials and buttresses. To either side a 2-storey 3-bay pavilion with
stone rustications and a semicircular open pediment topped by an obelisk and
containing finely carved figures. Library and Museum in similar eclectic style.
Museum to right of and set forward from main college facade. Broken semicircular
open pediments to west and south. Central entrance with bronze relief sculpture
inset above. Crowned by cupola. Library faces Water Lane with three semicircular
pediments and shallow domed tower over entrance to left. Interiors of library and
museums survive complete. Of particular note in the library is the main space with
its decorative barrel roof and fine coloured plaster reliefs to east and west.
Glass screens and bookshelves also survive. Museum contains fine galleried and
domed top lit central space. Interior of College not seen. Wrought iron railings
in Art Nouveau style linking brick and stone piers, surround the buildings.

Listing NGR: TQ3946184629

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Source: English Heritage

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