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Weighbridge and Weighbridge Office at Coventry Canal Basin

A Grade II Listed Building in Radford, Coventry

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Latitude: 52.4129 / 52°24'46"N

Longitude: -1.5124 / 1°30'44"W

OS Eastings: 433263

OS Northings: 279548

OS Grid: SP332795

Mapcode National: GBR HDL.R1

Mapcode Global: VHBWY.QMT3

Plus Code: 9C4WCF7Q+52

Entry Name: Weighbridge and Weighbridge Office at Coventry Canal Basin

Listing Date: 2 March 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1433094

ID on this website: 101433094

Location: Draper's Fields, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1

County: Coventry

Electoral Ward/Division: Radford

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Coventry

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Coventry Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Coventry

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A Weighbridge Office thought to date from after 1810, with associated C19 weighbridge.


MATERIALS: The office building is constructed of brick with a slate roof, and the weighbridge is cast iron.

PLAN: The office has a wedge-shaped plan, with a curved facade facing the canal basin. The rectangular weighbridge is on the south side of the office, with adjacent gatepiers.

EXTERIOR: The building has a curved facade facing the canal basin to the east; this facade has a central timber door under a flat arch lintel with a central keystone. There is a dentil course around the whole building, which sits under a slate roof and the curved elevation has a tall chimney at its northern end.

To the south there is a large, probably C20 opening with concrete lintel and cill, and a smaller opening under a brick arch. There are large brick gatepiers with modern gates; the northern pier is attached to the office building.

The northern elevation has a door opening which has been altered to form a window, and a large window adjacent; both with flat arch lintels and keystones. There is a further small opening to the west.

South of the building is a rectangular cast iron weighbridge supplied by W & T Avery Ltd of London and Birmingham. An inscription on the plate identifies it as being capable of weighing ten tons.

INTERIOR: The building is understood to retain the weighbridge mechanism and balance bar internally, and has a cast iron fireplace with a brick surround, and dado height timber panelling.


The Coventry Canal Company was formed in 1768, and commissioned the engineer James Brindley to develop the canal which would connect Coventry with Fradley Junction, approximately 38 miles to the north. The basin at Coventry was completed in 1769, although the final sections of the canal were not finished until 1790.

The Weighbridge Office is thought to date from after 1810, and functioned as a toll office with weighbridges on either side, and machinery internally for the weighing of vehicles entering and leaving the basin. It is understood that there were originally two weighbridges; that to the north no longer survives.

Reasons for Listing

The Weighbridge and Weighbridge Office of post 1810 at Coventry Canal are listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural interest: as a good surviving example of an early C19 Weighbridge Office, with good detailing;
* Historic interest: for their association with the development of Coventry Canal, which was laid out by James Brindley;
* Group value: with the surviving canal basin, warehouse and other canal structures.

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