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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1113325



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: City of Plymouth

District Type: Unitary Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 01-May-1975

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Nov-1998

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 473522

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HIGH STREET 740-1/56/822 (North side) Stonehouse Former Royal Naval Hospital Water Tower 01/05/1975 (Formerly listed as: HIGH STREET, Stonehouse, Royal Naval Hospital: Water-Tower)


Water tower. 1758-80. Plymouth limestone rubble with limestone quoins and other dressings. Octagonal plan. Moulded cornice under low-pitched roof with central octagonal turret leaded dome and ball finial. 3 storey elevations with blocked oculi to upper floors. Blocked round-arched doorway; another doorway lower down to left-hand return; ledged door. INTERIOR: retains wooden frame for the water tanks. HISTORY: probably originally with a lead cistern fed by chain pump, which pressurised a supply to water closets and throughout the wards. By 1800 an 'engine house' pumped to the reservoir. As such this is an early instance of a water-borne system of sanitation. and one which remains remarkably complete. A significant part of the hospital plan, and of an outstanding and uniquely complete military hospital complex. The earliest known example of a water tower in Britain is the Water House of c1732 at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, the Plymouth example being an unusually early precursor of the water towers that appeared in increasing numbers for communal water supply of towns, hospitals etc from the mid C19. Previous to this date, there existed gravity-fed cisterns for communal water supply, such as the Lavatory Tower at Canterbury Cathedral, and there are two other examples of mid C17 date (at Abington Park, Northampton, and Dame Mary Bolle's Water Tower, Heath Common, West Yorkshire) which have retained evidence of water-powered pumping systems. Morrison K: Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse: Cambridge: 1992: 100373).

Listing NGR: SX4676154819

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Books and journals
Morrison, K, Royal Naval Hospital Stonehouse, (1992), 100373

National Grid Reference: SX 46761 54819


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