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Description: Semaphore House
Date Listed: 1 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 289036
OS Grid Reference: TQ0022949197
OS Grid Coordinates: 500229, 149197
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2332, -0.5658
TQ 04NW GUILDFORD PEWLEY HILL
1/5/53 Semaphore House
Semaphore station. Constructed circa 1820 by the Admiralty, with later C19 wings.
Cement render with rusticated quoins, tile hung central tower under lead dome,
slate and tile roofs to remainder. Square tower surmounted by later octagonal
turret to centre flanked by lower side wings. Two-storey side wings with rear
stacks to left and right, 3-storey tower. Entrance to rear:- rusticated angle
quoins to centre and ends, plat band over ground floor. Plate glass sash fenes-
tration with two windows on each floor of each side wing, and on upper floors of
tower. Balustraded parapet to tower with panelled newels. Central flat-roofed
porch, half-glazed with anthemion.and honeysuckle pattern ironwork on lower part,
door to centre. Right hand return front (facing Semaphore Road):- Gable end with
two storey projecting bay, rusticated angle quoins and plat band. Tripartite sash
window to ground floor, C20 casements above. Rear (North front) - irregular C19
and C20 mixed fenestration.
One of a line of Semaphore stations from London to Portsmouth, some of which were
built on the site of earlier shutter telegraphs used during the Napoleonic Wars.
Each station originally comprised an octagonal tower with signalling room and
living accommodation for the lieutenant in charge. Signalling was by means of two
moveable arms attached to a pole surmounting the tower. Of seven stations originally
in Surrey only three remain, the others being at Telegraph Hill (Cooper's Hill), &
Chately Hill both in the borough of Elmbridge.
G. WILSON: THE OLD TELEGRAPHS (1976)
M. ALEXANDER: GUILDFORD AS IT WAS (1978)
Listing NGR: TQ0022949197
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Source: English Heritage
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