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University House, University of East London (West Ham Precinct)

A Grade II* Listed Building in Forest Gate South, London

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Latitude: 51.5433 / 51°32'36"N

Longitude: 0.0097 / 0°0'34"E

OS Eastings: 539461

OS Northings: 184629

OS Grid: TQ394846

Mapcode National: GBR LR.F3N

Mapcode Global: VHHNB.3GZQ

Entry Name: University House, University of East London (West Ham Precinct)

Listing Date: 25 October 1984

Last Amended: 8 July 1985

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1080964

English Heritage Legacy ID: 204954

Location: Newham, London, E15

County: London

District: Newham

Electoral Ward/Division: Forest Gate South

Built-Up Area: Newham

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: West Ham, Saint Matthew

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 08/03/2013

TQ 3984

ROMFORD ROAD (North side)
University House, University of East London (West Ham Precinct)

(Formerly listed as West Ham College of Technology, Central Library and Museum)

(Formerly listed as West Ham Precinct of the North-East London Polytechnic)


Former combined College, library and museum building 1895-98 by J G S Gibson and S B Russell. Sculpture by W Binnie Rhind. Ambitious and distinguished group of buildings in Free Classical style with distinctive Art Nouveau emphasis. Red brick and Portland stone with steep slated pitched roof. College comprises principal range to Romford Road. Nine bays wide, 2 storeys. Segmental window openings to ground floor with rusticated stone architraves and keystones. Round arched entrance with large semi-circular head supported by enriched consoles and female kneeling figures. Deep delicately carved frieze between storeys. Order of engaged columns rise through first floor to support enriched entablature to eaves cornice. Elaborate lead gutter above. Upper part of each bay divided by smaller order of engaged columns to form windows with leaded lights. Square battered brick terminal towers stand proud of the principal range with shallow domed stone heads and a single semicircular pedimented niche to each face housing carved figure. End gables crowned by concave sided pavilion roofs with stone and ironwork balustrades surmounted by cupolas with Art Nouveau finials and buttresses. To either side a 2-storey 3-bay pavilion with stone rustications and a semicircular open pediment topped by an obelisk and containing finely carved figures. Library and Museum in similar eclectic style. Museum to right of and set forward from main college facade. Broken semicircular open pediments to west and south. Central entrance with bronze relief sculpture inset above. Crowned by cupola. Library faces Water Lane with three semicircular pediments and shallow domed tower over entrance to left. Interiors of library and museums survive complete. Of particular note in the library is the main space with its decorative barrel roof and fine coloured plaster reliefs to east and west. Glass screens and bookshelves also survive. Museum contains fine galleried and domed top lit central space. Interior of College not seen. Wrought iron railings in Art Nouveau style linking brick and stone piers, surround the buildings.

Formerly known as West Ham Precinct of the North-East London Polytechnic and West Ham College of Technology, Central Library and Museum.

Listing NGR: TQ3946184629

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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