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Washford Transmitting Station

A Grade II Listed Building in Williton, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.1605 / 51°9'37"N

Longitude: -3.32 / 3°19'12"W

OS Eastings: 307789

OS Northings: 140970

OS Grid: ST077409

Mapcode National: GBR LR.70QV

Mapcode Global: VH6GW.D3P5

Entry Name: Washford Transmitting Station

Listing Date: 25 January 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1057461

English Heritage Legacy ID: 265042

Location: Williton, West Somerset, Somerset, TA4

County: Somerset

District: West Somerset

Civil Parish: Williton

Built-Up Area: Williton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


2/272 Washford Transmitting Station


- II

Radio transmitting station. Dated 1933, minor addition 1949. Architects Wimperis, Simpson and Guthrie for the British
Broadcasting Corporation. Load bearing concrete walls treated externally as Portland Stone, ashlar dado, cornice and
quoins, coursed punched stone, flat topped bitumen covered roof. Plan: long range, North-South, symmetrical down
central axis, facade end on; rectangular entrance block with battery rooms, 3 bay returns, behind is the square
transmitter room, top lit only with octagonal skylight, minor addition to left in similar style: this area vacant
(1983); behind this 2 rectangular blocks with 4 bay returns separated by 5 bay section with 2 bay block at North end;
this contains transmitting equipment currently in use (1983). Facade: 2 storeys, 3:1:1:1:3 bays, Crittall metal
windows, mullioned and transomed; symmetrical wings of 3 recessed window bays rising almost full height to cornice,
metal panels divide first and second floors, with 2-light windows flanking 4-light; recessed longer 3 bay facade with
4-light window flanked by 2-lights, 2-light windows below central double glazed metal doors in projecting flat-roofed
porch, unmoulded granite architrave dated 1933 with BBC logo above. Shallow stepped tablet centre, above
cornice, partially cut by rectangular moulded concrete panel with BBC coat of arms and motto: "Nation shall speak peace
unto nation". All rain waterheads on returns carry inscription "19 BBC 33". Windows of rear half now blank panels.
Interior: entirely functional, painted brick walls.

Listing NGR: ST0778940970

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