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Silo D

A Grade II Listed Building in Royal Docks, Newham

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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

Plus Code: 9F32G23H+7Q

Entry Name: Silo D

Listing Date: 28 January 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1245030

English Heritage Legacy ID: 472801

Location: Royal Docks, Newham, London, E16

County: Newham

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

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251/4/10034 Silo'D'

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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