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Metropolitan Water Board Pump House Tower, Kew Bridge

A Grade I Listed Building in Brentford, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4887 / 51°29'19"N

Longitude: -0.2901 / 0°17'24"W

OS Eastings: 518814

OS Northings: 178028

OS Grid: TQ188780

Mapcode National: GBR 7Y.X4P

Mapcode Global: VHGQW.XVH3

Entry Name: Metropolitan Water Board Pump House Tower, Kew Bridge

Listing Date: 21 May 1973

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1080310

English Heritage Legacy ID: 202608

Location: Hounslow, London, TW8

County: London

District: Hounslow

Electoral Ward/Division: Brentford

Built-Up Area: Hounslow

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Brentford St Paul

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

In the entry for:-

KEW BRIDGE ROAD, BRENTFORD
TQ 1878
16/194 Metropolitan Water Board Pump
House Tower, Kew Bridge.

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The description shall be amended to read:

Stand-pipe tower. 1867. Builders Messrs Aird and Sons for the Grand Junction Water
Works Company. Rendered brick with rendered dressings. Tower is square in plan,
tapering in its height to the square base of the octagonal cupolas, to which the
plan changes by means of squinches on the 4 corners. There are 2 large cornices,
the lower forming the top of the plinth of the tower which is just under a third of
its height. The upper-cornice is immediately below the squinches to the upper
cupola, and has modillions. The plinth has a secondary plinth, cement rendered,
banding approximately one third of its height and has 3 pilasters with rendered
imposts and 2 semi-circular arches with ventilation slits in the recessed panels.
This is on all 4 sides. The shaft has a rendered plinth of banding also 3 pilasters
and 2 rendered arches with rendered imposts. Semi-cicular above there is a circular
window with a large arch springing from the 2 outside pilasters. The cupola has
slender openings in each face surmounted by a rendered arch on rendered imposts on
all 8 sides. The shaft of the cupola is topped by a very simple banded capping.
The cupola formerly had a copper dome. A ball and metal rod with lighting conductor
forms the terminal finial to the tower. The tower contained a 4-foot rising and a
3-foot falling pipe, and replaced an earlier standpipe which was damaged by severe
frost.

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KEW BRIDGE ROAD, BRENTFORD
1.
4419
Metropolitan Water Board
Pump-house Tower Kew
Bridge
TQ 1878 16/194

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2.
Built 1867 as part of pump-house buildings, housing the important Boulton
and Watt Cornish pumping machines. Tower is square in plan, tapering in
its height to the square base of the octagonal cupolas, to which the plan
changes by means of squinches on the 4 corners. There are 2 large cornices,
the lower forming the top of the plinth of the tower which is just under
a third of its height. The upper cornice is immediately below the squinches
to the upper cupola, and has modillions. The plinth has a secondary plinth,
cement rendered, banding approximately one third of its height and has
3 pilasters with rendered imposts and 2 semi-circular arches with ventilation
slits in the recessed panels. This is on all 4 sides. The shaft has a
rendered plinth of banding also 3 pilasters and 2 rendered arches with
rendered imposts. Semi-circular above there is a circular window with
a large arch springing from the 2 outside pilasters. The cupola has slender
openings in each face surmounted by a rendered arch on rendered imposts
on all 8 sides. The shaft of the cupola is topped by a very simple banded
capping. The cupola formerly had a copper dome. A ball and metal rod with
lighting conductor forms the terminal finial to the tower.


Listing NGR: TQ1881478028

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