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Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society Headquarters Building

A Grade II Listed Building in Greenwich, London

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Latitude: 51.4922 / 51°29'32"N

Longitude: 0.0632 / 0°3'47"E

OS Eastings: 543329

OS Northings: 179051

OS Grid: TQ433790

Mapcode National: GBR NJ.NM9

Mapcode Global: VHHNK.1RRF

Plus Code: 9F32F3R7+V7

Entry Name: Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society Headquarters Building

Listing Date: 1 February 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1289022

English Heritage Legacy ID: 398173

ID on this website: 101289022

Location: Woolwich, Greenwich, London, SE18

County: London

District: Greenwich

Electoral Ward/Division: Woolwich Riverside

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Greenwich

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Woolwich St Mary Magdalene with St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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TQ 4379 8/1

Nos 125-153 (odd) (RACS Headquarters Building)


Large commercial premises with retail outlet. 1903, by F Bethell for Royal
Arsenal Co-operative Society. Red brick with terracotta dressings; slate roof.
Italian Renaissance style. 2 to 3 storeys; symmetrical 21-bay facade. Mid C20
plate-glass windows to ground floor. Central 3-storey, 11-bay range: central 4-
storey clock tower has terracotta facade articulated by fluted composite pilasters
to each storey, semi-circular moulded arch set on Composite jambs to doorway, statue
of Alexander McLeod (Society's Treasurer) by A. Drury set in open-pedimented
aedicule with Composite pilasters, raised relief lettering bearing Society's motto
etc to 2nd and 3rd storeys, and console cornice beneath copper-domed clock tower
with segmental pediments set on half-columns to angled corners; first floor has
2-light semi-circular arched windows with decorative spandrels revealed in
segmental-arched moulded architraves with pilasters; similar semi-circular arched
architraves to second floor windows; bays are separated by Composite pilasters with
enriched ornament to first-floor console cornice with enriched panelled frieze and
to 2nd floor dentilled cornice with scrolled frieze; gabled outer bays, faced in
terracotta, have canted bay windows with balustrade parapet and fluted Composite
pilasters. 2-storey, 5-bay outer bays, in similar style, each have balustrade
parapet and central scroll-pedimented dormer with Composite pilasters flanking
Ipswich window. The style of this building consciously imitated Harrods of

Listing NGR: TQ4332979051

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