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The Treadwheel Crane, Guildford

Description: The Treadwheel Crane

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 1 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 289006

OS Grid Reference: SU9943449434
OS Grid Coordinates: 499434, 149434
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2354, -0.5771

Location: A281, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3XQ

Locality: Guildford
Local Authority: Guildford Borough Council
County: Surrey
Country: England
Postcode: GU1 3XQ

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This building is also a scheduled monument.

Listing Text

(West Side)
1/5/53 The Treadwheel Crane
(Formerly listed in
Friary Street as
Crane House)


Treadwheel crane. Late C17/C18, repaired in C18 and C19, dismantled and re-erected
on present site in c.1970. Timber framed with oak weatherboard cladding and plain-
tiled roof. Two framed bays, one open with arched braces. Queen-strut clasped-
purlin roof to clad bay. Braced crane hoist to east with chain linking to main
treadwheel, approximately 5 metres in diameter and 1½ metres wide. The crane was
powered by two men in the treadwheel and was last used to transport the stone for
Guildford Cathedral (q.v.) in c.1960, and is believed to have been the last working
example in Great Britain.
The Treadwheel Crane is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, Surrey Monument Number 145.

Listing NGR: SU9943449434

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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