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London Hydraulic Power Company Station with Number 37, Tower Hamlets

Description: London Hydraulic Power Company Station with Number 37

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 September 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 206335

OS Grid Reference: TQ3531080527
OS Grid Coordinates: 535310, 180527
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5075, -0.0517

Location: Wapping Wall, Poplar, Greater London E1W 3 E1W 3SH

Locality: Tower Hamlets
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: E1W 3SH

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Listing Text

TQ3580 23/823 (North West Side)
London Hydraulic power
Company Station with No 37


1890, dated. Red brick with slated and glazed roofs. Single storey with two towers. Arched windows with keystone, pedimented gables. The rear tower has a panelled base and cornice but is plain above; the front one is taller with pedimented windows at eaves level. No 37 is dated. 1891 in gable, Red brief; with string courses at cill level, slate roof. Two or three storeys, two windows 1.1, each is a paired sash, Arched entrance to right, Stepped gable with double arched window, dormer to right also another stepped gable. This was the Station Superintendent' house. The buildings have landmark and group value but more important is the historic and technological interest of the machinery still in situ and working order. This station was the last working of the London hydraulic Power Company and functional from 1893 to June 1977. Among the remaining plant are:-
1. Electrically driven pumps dating from the 1950's
2. Two accumulator towers,
3. Two large cast-iron tanks for clean and dirty water
4. Fittings of the inlet and filtration plants
5. 'Cast-iron hydraulic mains of 6", 7" and 8" diameter with their usual fitments

All except item 1 are original. Wapping Wall is the last remaining fully fitted hydraulic power station in Britain and the grading reflects its importance.

Listing NGR: TQ3531080527

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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