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263, Rotherhithe Street

A Grade II Listed Building in Southwark, Southwark

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Latitude: 51.5046 / 51°30'16"N

Longitude: -0.034 / 0°2'2"W

OS Eastings: 536548

OS Northings: 180238

OS Grid: TQ365802

Mapcode National: GBR K4.VGZ

Mapcode Global: VHGR1.CFDY

Plus Code: 9C3XGX38+RC

Entry Name: 263, Rotherhithe Street

Listing Date: 1 July 1983

Last Amended: 17 September 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385836

English Heritage Legacy ID: 471248

Location: Southwark, London, SE16

County: Southwark

Electoral Ward/Division: Surrey Docks

Built-Up Area: Southwark

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Rotherhithe Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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636-1/21/654 (East side)
01/07/83 No.263
(Formerly Listed as:
Nelson Dock Engine House and Draw


Nelson Dock engine house, now restored and used as offices.
MATERIALS: yellow stock brick with 2 pedimented gables to
street and dock elevations, vertically boarded timber link
between, over off-centre middle bay.
EXTERIOR: 2 and 3 storeys, 3 bays, that to north broader with
2 windows on 2nd floor. Street elevation has gauged brick
round arches to round-headed windows with radial glazing to
heads. Low round-arched works entrance below the north gable,
altered linteled entrance to right. Plat band below 2nd floor.
Similar elevation to dock head, the timber top-floor link here
set back between the pedimented gables. South return has one
round-headed window centred to 1st and 2nd floors.
INTERIOR: retains restored hydraulic engine. The hydraulic
cylinder is embossed "The Hydraulic Engineering Co Ld", that
is, late C19 or early C20. However, the style is mid C19 and
according to recent research is actually the date of the
engine, as the hydraulic slipway was invented in the 1840s.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the engine house is probably contemporary
with Thomas Bible's pioneering composite, timber-clad
iron-ribbed hull constructions in this dockyard. It served the
Nelson Dock Patent Slip immediately to its east (qv) where,
between 1851 and 1866 Bible and Perry built composite hull
clippers for the China Trade. An important remaining structure
of Nelson's Dock.

Listing NGR: TQ3654880238

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