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Retort House and King George Pumping Station

A Grade II Listed Building in Enfield Lock, London

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Latitude: 51.6634 / 51°39'48"N

Longitude: -0.0162 / 0°0'58"W

OS Eastings: 537301

OS Northings: 197931

OS Grid: TQ373979

Mapcode National: GBR KN.SNX

Mapcode Global: VHGQ8.NGS6

Entry Name: Retort House and King George Pumping Station

Listing Date: 25 September 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1079455

English Heritage Legacy ID: 200825

Location: Enfield, London, E4

County: London

District: Enfield

Electoral Ward/Division: Enfield Lock

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St James Enfield Highway

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

The following buildings shall be added:

TQ 39 NE (east side)
21/286 Retort House and King
George Pumping Station


Retort House. Opened 1913. Designed by William Booth Bryan for Metropolitan Water
Board. English bond red brick with limestone ashlar dressings, set on plinth of
blue brick; gabled corrugated asbestos roof. 4 x 2 bays. 4-bay side elevation.
Raised stone impost bank links 3 semi-circular arched niches set between tall
semi-circular arched architraves with keystones, to double doors in outer bays
and two central windows with glazing bars and some later brick infill. Moulded
stone cornice is continued as band across corner turrets and as string course across
gable ends. Each gable end has 3 graduated semi-circular arched windows with
galzing bars, above stone impost band linking central semi-circular arched niche
flanked by semi-circular arched windows with glazing bars. Interior: cast-iron
roof trusses. The retort house stored gas, which was made from anthracite in Dowson
producers, before it was passed through a scrubber into the gas bags of the Pump
House (q.v.). Included for group value.
(The Engineer, March 14, 1913, pp.269-275).

Listing NGR: TQ3730197931

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