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Embankment River Wall, Stairs and Lamp Standards, Westminster

Description: Embankment River Wall, Stairs and Lamp Standards

Grade: II
Date Listed: 5 February 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 207386

OS Grid Reference: TQ3079380707
OS Grid Coordinates: 530793, 180707
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5102, -0.1167

Location: Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London WC2R 1 WC2E 7AE

Locality: Westminster
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: WC2E 7AE

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Listing Text

3180 NW
5.2.70 Embankment River Wall,
Stairs and Lamp Standards
River wall, stairs and lamp standards. 1864-70 by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part
of the engineering works to improve London's drainage system with interceptor
sewers on both sides of the Thames, the "dolphin" lamp standards designed by
Timothy Butler (most of them dated 1870). Granite retaining walls, cast iron
lamp standards. The boldly detailed retaining walls are battered to river with
bronze lion heads holding mooring rings and the parapet has a heavy segmental
rolled coping with regularly spaced dies surmounted by the ornately designed
"dolphin" lamp standards with globe lanterns. At the Westminster Bridge end a
similarly detailed wall separates the Embankment proper from the road which
rises to bridge level with stone paving and steps between the two levels and a
flight of stairs alongside the Boadicea monunent(q.v.)Temple Stairs at the east
end has a large boldly channelled semicircular archway.
N B For the various memorials and public seats, see separate entries.

Listing NGR: TQ3079080706

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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