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Semaphore House

A Grade II Listed Building in Guildford, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.2332 / 51°13'59"N

Longitude: -0.5658 / 0°33'56"W

OS Eastings: 500229

OS Northings: 149197

OS Grid: TQ002491

Mapcode National: GBR FCK.MSC

Mapcode Global: VHFVN.48RH

Entry Name: Semaphore House

Listing Date: 1 May 1953

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1377890

English Heritage Legacy ID: 289036

Location: Guildford, Surrey, GU1

County: Surrey

District: Guildford

Town: Guildford

Electoral Ward/Division: Holy Trinity

Built-Up Area: Guildford

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Guildford Holy Trinity and St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

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Listing Text

(North Side)
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.


Listing NGR: TQ0022949197

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