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Latitude: 51.3811 / 51°22'52"N
Longitude: 1.3424 / 1°20'32"E
OS Eastings: 632678
OS Northings: 169977
OS Grid: TR326699
Mapcode National: GBR WZX.B6C
Mapcode Global: VHLG6.7K02
Entry Name: Lockwoods Builders Yard, Including Attached Gates, Gatepiers, Wall and Post Box
Listing Date: 6 August 2002
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1088077
English Heritage Legacy ID: 489663
Location: Westgate-on-Sea, Thanet, Kent, CT8
Civil Parish: Westgate-on-Sea
Built-Up Area: Margate
Traditional County: Kent
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent
878/0/10031 THE GROVE
06-AUG-02 Westgate on Sea
Lockwoods Builders Yard, including att
ached gates, gatepiers, wall and post
Westgate on Sea
Lockwoods builders Yard, including att
ached gates, gatepiers, wall and post
Purpose-built builders yard. Built c1872 (which is when the firm of A G Lockwood and Co was founded) or soon afterwards, comprising a range of offices and attached individual workshops for building trades including carpenters, joiners, plumbers and blacksmiths. Built mainly of stock brick with some weatherboarding and slate roofs. One storey with irregular fenestration. L-shaped range leading on to central courtyard.
EXTERIOR: The Grove elevation comprises a range of office buildings, attached gates and a section of attached wall. Building to the left is one storeyed, clad in weatherboarding on burr brick plinth, gabled with slate roof with sash window with glazing bars to upper part only and doorcase with rectangular fanlight. Attached to the right are office buildings of one storey burr brick with stock brick and red brick dressings, dogtooth cornice and two chimneystacks. The front elevation has three windows with cambered heads and a further one to the return, three of which have glazing bars to the upper parts, the left hand one wider with central opening light. Left side arched doorcase with plank door and right side has two cambered headed doors with four-panelled doors. Attached to the weatherboarded building are wooden plank gates with cart and pedestrian entrances, wooden gatepiers and a section of burr brick wall about six feet high with stepped curved brick parapet, terminating in a brick pier with stone finial and incorporating a Victorian post box to left hand side. The Essex Road elevation is composed mainly of three workshops all linked and is of one storey and semi-basement in stock brick in Sussex bond but with different rooflines and features. The left part has an asbestos tiled roof, brick chimneystack, four cambered headed sashes and three cambered loading doors. The central part has a slate roof, brick chimneystack and two loading doors. The right side section has a slate roof with ridge tiles, a double loading door to the left, a central brick chimneystack, four wooden ventilation louvres at the top and six round-headed arches at the base, some retaining cast iron covers. The courtyard elevation is of two stoerys and has a series of triple windows, two external wooden staircases and the eastern section has three pyramidal glazed skylights to the projecting ground floor.
INTERIOR: Recent photographs show the office retains tongued and grooved boarded panelling, built-in oak ledger with brass railing, a marble fireplace with semi-circular shaped cast iron firegrate and a fireplace with wooden bolection moulding and blue tiles. The workshops are thought to contain original work benches and other fittings.
HISTORY: This company built a large part of the late C19 resort of Westgate-on- Sea and at the height of the building boom in the 1880s and 1890s they were a major employer of building workers. The office fittings reflect the reception of important clients and the workshop functions are reflected in the external features. Purpose-built builders yards which have not undergone major alteration are very rare.
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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