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Latitude: 51.5031 / 51°30'11"N
Longitude: 0.0295 / 0°1'46"E
OS Eastings: 540954
OS Northings: 180197
OS Grid: TQ409801
Mapcode National: GBR MP.03B
Mapcode Global: VHHNJ.GHF1
Entry Name: Silo D
Listing Date: 28 January 1999
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1245030
English Heritage Legacy ID: 472801
Location: Newham, London, E16
Electoral Ward/Division: Royal Docks
Built-Up Area: Newham
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: North Woolwich; St John
Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford
TQ 48 SW ROYAL VICTORIA DOCK
Grain silo. 1920, restored 1995. Reinforced concrete. Simple plan of set back, central head house, with square compartments housing silos to either side and rear linked at high level, and with a horizontal Chase- style elevator on top, and leg to one side. Windows, now blocked overlooking finger dock, with roundels on high level link. Interior not inspected. Bulk grain was lifted from ships and barges into the central cube of silos and the two side towers, both by traditional bucket conveyor and by suction elevator, and thence loaded on to other barges. This was the centre of grain importation into London, and replaced iron silos of 1898 which were damaged in the Silvertown munitions explosion of 1917. Included as a dramatic, unusually architectural and relatively early surviving example of a reinforced concrete grain silo. Silos have become celebrated as statements of pure modernism achieved almost accidentally as a sideline to industrial functionalism, and this is a particularly good example.
Sources Elizabeth Williamson and Nikolaus Pevsner, London Docklands, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1997, p.184
Rayner Banham, A Concrete Atlantis, Cambridge, MIT Press, 1986, pp.109- 79
Listing NGR: TQ4095480197
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