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Retaining Wall to Former Corporation Yard

A Grade II Listed Building in Smethwick, Sandwell

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Latitude: 52.4977 / 52°29'51"N

Longitude: -1.9669 / 1°58'0"W

OS Eastings: 402343

OS Northings: 288865

OS Grid: SP023888

Mapcode National: GBR 5J2.KJ

Mapcode Global: VH9YV.VHJ3

Plus Code: 9C4WF2XM+36

Entry Name: Retaining Wall to Former Corporation Yard

Listing Date: 11 June 2004

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391126

English Heritage Legacy ID: 490690

ID on this website: 101391126

Location: Sandwell, West Midlands, B66

County: Sandwell

Electoral Ward/Division: Soho and Victoria

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Smethwick

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Smethwick The Resurrection

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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1868/0/10059 Retaining Wall to former corporation y
11-JUN-04 ard

Retaining wall. c.1910 for Smethwick Corporation Depot by C. J. Fox Allin, Borough Engineer. Reinforced concrete. Linear stretch of wall approx. 50m long running parallel to the south side of the Birmingham Canal.
To the south face, only the parapet is visible. To the north face, there is a band below the parapet then the rest of the approx. 10m high wall. In profile, the wall is canted towards the Canal side, with triangular buttresses positioned along the south land side, both parts supported by concrete footings.

Listed for its technological interest as an early reinforced concrete wall, as well as for its strong group value with the Grade I Engine Arm Aqueduct; there is an interesting juxtaposition between these two works of engineering that each took full advantage of the innovative structural and design of their respective periods.

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