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Tower Buildings

A Grade II Listed Building in Southwark, London

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Latitude: 51.5041 / 51°30'14"N

Longitude: -0.0581 / 0°3'29"W

OS Eastings: 534876

OS Northings: 180137

OS Grid: TQ348801

Mapcode National: GBR J9.VDL

Mapcode Global: VHGR0.YG5B

Plus Code: 9C3XGW3R+JQ

Entry Name: Tower Buildings

Listing Date: 1 April 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1260132

English Heritage Legacy ID: 441612

Location: Tower Hamlets, London, E1W

County: London

District: Tower Hamlets

Electoral Ward/Division: St Katharine's & Wapping

Built-Up Area: Tower Hamlets

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Peter London Docks

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

TQ 3480 22/1 Wapping
Tower Buildings

1864 'erected by the Improved Industrial Dwellings Company". A tenement block of
rather more intricate plan type than usual. Five storeys with rusticated stucco
ground floor, splayed corners to returns. Single bay blocks of stock brick flank
the north elevation with a 2 bay similar block to centre. Stuccoed elevations of
7 narrow arcaded stucco bays, set back and screened by superimposed balcony-
galleries still with Regency pattern ironwork of diagonal geometric design, carried
on cast iron girders and slender iron shafts and set on roof terrace. The stairs
to centre of each gallery set in shallow semi-circular well running behind central
blind archway of arcade through which rises full height dust shoot. Passage entries
to flats on south side at each end of gallery arcade. Windows on projecting blocks
have stucco architraves with cornices on consoles and block pediments. 1860 ornate
cast iron work flower guards to first floor. Casement windows. South elevation
has complex rhythm of single and paired bays projecting from 5 sided well recesses.
Moulded brick cornice. Casement windows. Of special interest as a now extremely
rare example of early metropolitan working class housing. Probablyfthe designs of
W Allen, and promoted by Alderman Sydney Waterlow, founder of the profit-waking
"Improved Industrial Dwelling Company" (1863, one year before the erection of this
block. The company was to house labourers for the rest of the century). The plan
breaks from the courtyard type most popular in early dwelling blocks (1840's
onwards) in favour of a block with better ventilation. For the sane reason
lavatories are placed at the back of the flats, instead of next to the entrance, as
previously. Historic interest as an early example of its kind.

Listing NGR: TQ3487680137

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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