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Steam Locomotive Water Point

A Grade II Listed Building in St Pancras and Somers Town, London

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Latitude: 51.5359 / 51°32'9"N

Longitude: -0.1285 / 0°7'42"W

OS Eastings: 529899

OS Northings: 183551

OS Grid: TQ298835

Mapcode National: GBR H3.9L

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.QNFF

Plus Code: 9C3XGVPC+9J

Entry Name: Steam Locomotive Water Point

Listing Date: 14 May 1974

Last Amended: 11 June 2003

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113023

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477350

ID on this website: 101113023

Location: St Pancras, Camden, London, N1C

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: St Pancras and Somers Town

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Pancras Old Church

Church of England Diocese: London

Tagged with: Water tower

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798-1/84/587 CAMLEY STREET
11-JUN-03 Steam Locomotive Water Point

(Formerly listed as:
(Formerly listed as:

Steam Locomotive Water Point. C.1870, probably by the office of Sir George Gilbert Scott, for the Midland Railway.
EXTERIOR: red brick with yellow stone dressings, iron water tank within. Rectangular structure in three tiers. Lower tier with arched doors to sides, with radiating voussoirs above; moulded stone plinth bands and string course. Middle tier with seven bay arcades to long sides, with stone capitals to pilasters and alternate brick and stone voussoirs. Corbel table above. Upper tier entirely of brick, with blind arcade with round-headed arches.
HISTORY: this formerly served Midland Railway steam locomotives departing from St Pancras Station. The structure was in place by 1872, when the 'Quarterly Review' criticised the inappropriate use of Gothic for a functional structure of this sort. It was one of a pair of structures, the other (long demolished) housing hydraulic lifting gear used to raise beer barrels from the station undercroft. Redundant following the disappearance of steam from main line use in the early 1960s, it was first listed in 1974. The construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link necessitated the relocation of the structure to its present location on Camley Street. This was undertaken in November 2001, with funding assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, when the structure was removed in three parts and re-erected 700 m. north of its old location. The Morton Partnership Ltd were the consulting engineers responsible. It is an exceptionally architectural example of a water point, and related historically and stylistically with the great terminus of St Pancras.
SOURCE: report by Pre-Construct Archaeology, 'A Survey of Historic Pipe-work at the Waterpoint, St Pancras (2001).

Listing NGR: TQ2989983551

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