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B Station at Abbey Mills Pumping Station

A Grade II Listed Building in Stratford and New Town, Newham

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Latitude: 51.5305 / 51°31'49"N

Longitude: -0.0012 / 0°0'4"W

OS Eastings: 538740

OS Northings: 183178

OS Grid: TQ387831

Mapcode National: GBR KY.BCD

Mapcode Global: VHGQV.XSPM

Entry Name: B Station at Abbey Mills Pumping Station

Listing Date: 25 October 1984

Last Amended: 19 February 2007

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1357994

English Heritage Legacy ID: 204901

Location: Newham, London, E15

County: Newham

Electoral Ward/Division: Stratford and New Town

Built-Up Area: Newham

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Stratford St John with Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text

251/7/14 ABBEY LANE E15
25-OCT-84 B Station at Abbey Mills Pumping Station

(Formerly listed as:
Ancillary Pump House at Abbey Mills to
south east of Pumping Station)

Pumping Station. 1891-6, to designs prepared under Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice, engineer, following a report by Sir Benjamin Baker and Sir Alexander Binnie, engineers, for the London County Council. White stock brick with red and blue brick and stone dressings. Hipped slate roof with lantern at ridge. Three by two bay rectangular single-storey block, each bay gabled over blind arches within which there are triple narrow round-headed sash windows. Loosely Venetian Gothic in style, the arches having polychrome voussoirs, foliated stone impost bands and keystones to delicate wrought-iron finials. Stone coped gable parapets. Cast-iron rainwater heads and barley-sugar downpipes forming corner shafts. Internal pumping floor sunk deep below ground level. Early pumping machinery replaced.
HISTORY: B Station was one of a number of works initiated in 1891 to enhance the capacity of Abbey Mills Pumping Station (q.v.), the northern cornerstone of Sir Joseph Bazalgette's enormous and heroic programme of works of the 1860s that gave London mains drainage. It was built to pump storm water from the Isle of Dogs branch sewer and, when necessary, to augment the pumping capacity of the main engine house.
SOURCES: London County Council Minutes, 5 December 1899; National Monuments Record, Buildings Index File No. 92244.

The Pumping Station known as Building B, built 1891-6 at Abbey Mills, closely follows its predecessor in its architectural style, and is a significant part of this group of historic structures, reflecting early expansion of the complex to cope with London's growing population. It also has strong visual group value.

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

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