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A Warehouse (Skin Floor) Including Vaults Extending Under Wapping Lane, Tower Hamlets

Description: A Warehouse (Skin Floor) Including Vaults Extending Under Wapping Lane

Grade: I
Date Listed: 29 December 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 206276

OS Grid Reference: TQ3470080589
OS Grid Coordinates: 534700, 180589
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5082, -0.0604

Location: Pennington Street, Poplar, Greater London E1W 2 E1W 1YB

Locality: Tower Hamlets
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: E1W 1YB

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Listing Text

London Docks
TQ 3480 22/771 GV Warehouse 'A' (Skin Floor
including vaults
The address shall be amended to read:-
London Docks
'A' Warehouse (Skin Floor)
including vaults extending
under Wapping Lane
Upgrade to I and amend description to read as follows:-
The Skin Floor, part of the fonner New Tobacco Warehouse is a unique, remarkable single
storey building of exceptional size, built between 1811 and 1813, architect
Daniel Alexander, surveyor to the London Dock Company. It is about 250 ft x 350 ft
long, the space within the lofty stock brick walls (effectively the dockyard wall) has
no intermediate walls at all and the roof is supported, at the widest possible span,
an cast iron cross section columns with branch like V-shaped raking struts, quite the
most notable feature of the design and a fascinating evolutionary stage in the earliest
use of cast iron construction in London warehouses. Rakes queen post trusses, combined
with king post bracing in 2 tiers with top clerestory, have a clear span of 54 ft and
the supporting columns are at 18 ft centres, the V-ahaped raking struts bearing the
intermediate trusses. The module of 18 ft is that of the fine brickwork vaults beneath
the building. The Skin Floor is one of the earliest surviving examples in southern
England of the use of cast iron in building. See report by Malcolm Tucker, GLIAS.
Industrial archaeological interest.

Warehouse A
(Skin Floor) including vaults
TQ 3480 22/771 29.12.50
Circa 1804. Attributed to Rennie. 1 storey. Trussed roof of 4 wide spans with
sloping queen posts and continuous lantern supported on cast iron posts and framework
of interesting design. Externally of stock brick, now with corrugated iron cladding
above. No windows in facade.

The listed buildings and walls etc of The London Docks form a group.

Listing NGR: TQ3470080589

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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