BRIDGWATER DOCK, TIDAL BASIN, LOCKS, QUAYSIDES, BRIDGES AND FITTINGS

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1197401
Date first listed:
06-Jun-1973
Date of most recent amendment:
31-Jan-1994
Statutory Address:
BRIDGWATER DOCK, TIDAL BASIN, LOCKS, QUAYSIDES, BRIDGES AND FITTINGS, NORTHGATE

Map

Ordnance survey map of BRIDGWATER DOCK, TIDAL BASIN, LOCKS, QUAYSIDES, BRIDGES AND FITTINGS
© Crown Copyright and database right 2019. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2019. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1197401.pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 12-Nov-2019 at 15:28:12.

Location

Statutory Address:
BRIDGWATER DOCK, TIDAL BASIN, LOCKS, QUAYSIDES, BRIDGES AND FITTINGS, NORTHGATE

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

County:
Somerset
District:
Sedgemoor (District Authority)
Parish:
Bridgwater
National Grid Reference:
ST 29664 37539

Details

BRIDGWATER

ST2937 NORTHGATE 736-1/5/140 (North side) 06/06/73 Bridgwater Dock, Tidal Basin, locks, quaysides, bridges and fittings (Formerly Listed as: NORTHGATE (North side) Bridgwater Dock and Tidal Basin, inc locks, quaysides, fittings & 2 bridges)

GV II

Dock and installations. Opened 1841. By Thomas Maddicks. Blue lias stone, granite, timber and cast-iron. Long rectangular dock to the south-west connected by a lock and bridge to the trapezoid tidal basin to the north-east. The dock walls are of coursed stone, timber upright fenders to south, the quay edges are granite to north and south-east and fronting Wares Warehouse (qv); to south and south-west they are of freestone; the north-west side is C20. The 3 sets of locks, to west into the Bridgwater and Taunton canal, to east into the tidal basin and from it a lock for barges into the River Parrett, are lined with brick. A double-leaf bascule road bridge which worked on the same principle as Tower Bridge London, though this was manually operated, connects the banks between the 2 basins and C20 concrete works have immobilized the wide gates to the ship entrance of the tidal basin which worked as a huge lock. The tidal basin quays are of thin upright freestone blocks, surrounded by many small winches on pedestals with the machinery protected by metal housing, bollards, and railings. The main dock has a cogged base of a crane turntable to the south-west and C20 railings. Flanking the lock between the basins are large winches with chains in cast-iron housings. History: Thomas Dawe Maddicks, b1801 and a relatively unknown engineer, is credited with the work. In 1840 the sluicing and scouring devices designed by him were rare and it is possible the Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was constructing the railway and had designed Bridgwater Station, may have advised him. The Canal Company built a brick kiln to use some of the clay spoil to make bricks and tiles for the structures associated with the dock. The dock is situated where the River Parrett, navigable for 3-400 ton vessels, joins the Bridgwater-Taunton canal. (Murless B J: Bridgwater Docks and the River Parrett: Bridgwater Somerset: 1983-: 15; Buchanan C A: Guide to Industrial Archaeology of Central Southern England: London: 1980-: 116; VCH: Somerset: London: 1992-: 193).

Listing NGR: ST2966437539

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
373956
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Buchanan, , Buchanan, , Batsford Guide to Industrial Archaeology Central Southern England, (1980), 116
Dunning, R W, The Victoria History of the County of Somerset, (1992), 193
Murless, B J, Bridgwater Docks and the River Parrett, (1983), 15

Legal

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

End of official listing

Images of England

Images of England was a photographic record of every listed building in England, created as a snap shot of listed buildings at the turn of the millennium. These photographs of the exterior of listed buildings were taken by volunteers between 1999 and 2008. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Date: 26 Jan 2003
Reference: IOE01/08082/34
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Keith Forrest. Source Historic England Archive
Archive image, may not represent current condition of site.
To view this image please use Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Edge.

Your Contributions

Do you know more about this entry?

The following information has been contributed by users volunteering for our Enriching The List project. For small corrections to the List Entry please see our Minor Amendments procedure.

The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. We have not checked that the contributions below are factually accurate. Please see our terms and conditions. If you wish to report an issue with a contribution or have a question please email [email protected].