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Cullercoats Radio Station, Brown's Point

A Grade II Listed Building in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside

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Latitude: 55.0377 / 55°2'15"N

Longitude: -1.4302 / 1°25'48"W

OS Eastings: 436516

OS Northings: 571617

OS Grid: NZ365716

Mapcode National: GBR LBG5.5X

Mapcode Global: WHD4L.0M8V

Plus Code: 9C7W2HQ9+3W

Entry Name: Cullercoats Radio Station, Brown's Point

Listing Date: 17 August 2001

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1389373

English Heritage Legacy ID: 488031

ID on this website: 101389373

Location: Cullercoats, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, NE26

County: North Tyneside

Electoral Ward/Division: Whitley Bay

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Whitley Bay

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Cullercoats St George

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Cullercoats Radio Station, Brown's Point


Wireless telegraphy station. 1906, by the De Forest Company for Marconi. Extended c1930 with a wireless station building for HM Coastguard. 1906 building of colourwashed brick with Welsh slate roof and cusped bargeboards. Rectangular plan. Segmental arches over two horned six/six-pane sashes to south elevation and one to north elevation, to left of later C20 door. Entry in west gable wall.

Wireless station of c1930 immediately to west. Rendered brick walls and Westmorland slate roofs with stack to rear left. Planned as two end blocks, each with a hipped almost pyramidal roof, flanking a central spine wing. Single storey. West elevation has two eight/fourteen-pane sashes in each end block, with transomed casement windows in the returns facing the central spine, which has main entrance set in hipped porch. Similar fenestration to other elevations; glazing-bar overlight over double doors in north elevation, projecting later C20 porch to south.

HISTORY: this is an exceptionally early and well-preserved example, grouping with a later and carefully-handled radio station, of a building associated with the initial development of radio telegraphy. It dates from 1906, thus marking the first phase of wireless telegraphy's major contribution towards the twentieth century's scientific-technical revolution. The early building survives in very close proximity to a larger station dating from c1930, that in its handling and sensitive use of materials - including Westmorland slate roofs - typifies the careful approach towards the architectural treatment of government-owned utility buildings of the inter-war period at its best.

Listing NGR: NZ3651671616

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