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Engine House and Boiler House at Ryhope Pumping Station

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ryhope, Sunderland

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Latitude: 54.8653 / 54°51'55"N

Longitude: -1.3724 / 1°22'20"W

OS Eastings: 440380

OS Northings: 552462

OS Grid: NZ403524

Mapcode National: GBR LDV5.PQ

Mapcode Global: WHD5C.WZN1

Entry Name: Engine House and Boiler House at Ryhope Pumping Station

Listing Date: 19 June 1974

Last Amended: 17 October 1994

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1218116

English Heritage Legacy ID: 391598

Location: Sunderland, SR2

County: Sunderland

Electoral Ward/Division: Ryhope

Built-Up Area: Sunderland

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Ryhope

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text


920-1/7/260 (West side (off))
19/06/74 Engine house and boiler house at
Ryhope Pumping Station
(Formerly Listed as:
Main building with chimney to Ryhope
Pumping Station)


Engine house and boiler house for water pumping station.
1866-9. By Thomas Hawksley. For the Sunderland and South
Shields Water Co. English bond brick with ashlar dressings;
Welsh slate roof with stone gable copings and shingle
ventilator roof.
EXTERIOR: engine house 2 high storeys and basement, 4x1
windows; boiler house attached to W one storey, 4 windows.
Engine house gable to E has brick parapet walls with ashlar
coping to side steps to panelled door in 2-storey corniced
projection; ashlar doorcase of panelled pilasters has
semicircular overlight in high entablature with cornice
breaking forward over key and pilasters and with finials on
pilasters and on long keystone. Blank panel above door;
3-light window above; modillioned cornice. Above cornice, in
recessed plane, a stepped 3-light window in gable peak. Giant
corniced angle pilasters support projection at edge of shaped
gable which rises to obelisk finial. Returns have longer
windows on ground floor with corniced surrounds and central
ball finials, smaller above with long keystones, in bays
defined by giant pilasters with continuous cornice and finials
on stepped panels above pilasters. Rear gable corresponds to
that at front. All windows have stone mullions and transoms.
Roof has high central ridge octagonal louvred ventilator with
swept eaves to tall conical shingle roof. Boiler house
attached to rear gable has 4 cross gables, shaped and with
finials, on pilasters with cornices which support gable-edge
projection. Recessed plane in each gable contains doors in
keyed elliptical stone surrounds on S, except for high plain
stone lintel over renewed door in 3rd from E, and 2-light
windows on N, each side with small slits in gable peaks.
INTERIOR contains complete pumping equipment with original
engines by R & W Hawthorne, and boilers of 1908. A fine
example of the work of a great engineer, with engines made by
one of the first engine manufacturers of the region. Cared for
by The Ryhope Engines Trust and the machinery still operated
occasionally for demonstration purposes, but the water no
longer pumped by these engines.
A Scheduled Ancient Monument.
(Corfe T: The Buildings of Sunderland 1814-1914: Newcastle:
1983-: 19).

Listing NGR: NZ4038052462

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