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Renforth Street Rotherhithe

Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:06 pm
by fosney
Renforth Street Rotherhithe

Another building of interest is this former London Hydraulic Pumping Station, now a Grade II listed building, was built in 1902 for the London Hydraulic Company and was converted into flats in 2002.

The Londodn Hydraulic Company was set up in 1883 to install a Hydraulic pressure network throughout London. It was the successor to the Steam Wharf and Warehouse Company, which had been founded in 1871, and as we can see by the map, the area covered by the Hydraulic system covered a vast amount of London. Six Hydraulic Stations, at Wapping, Bankside, Pimlico, City Road, East India Dock and Rotherhithe maintained pressure at 800psi, most of the pipes ran below street level and the power generated was used in Docks, and Warehouses and was also used to power lifts and theatre curtains, as well as the Tower Bridge and Fire Hydrants.

The secret of the utility of the hydraulic main lies in the fact that water is virtually incompressible and is the ideal agent for transmitting power from one place to another.

The water used was drawn from the Thames and was heated in winter to prevent freezing . At its peak the Company was pumping some 1.6billion gallons of water at 700psi supplying some 8000 outlets. Wartime bomb damage and the decline of company activities in London led to he Company's decline and pumping ceased in 1977 when Electrification took place.

The Company was acquired by Rothschilds who recognised the importance of the piping network for the coming network of communications systems. The 1,150 miles of pipes and ducts and conduits were sold to Mercury Communications an since that time many miles of fibre optic cable has been laid within this network of pipes.

This building is once again a reminder of the source of power behind the industry that operated in Bermondsey and as such is part of Bermondsey Yesterday and Today.



Re: Renforth Street Rotherhithe

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:38 am
by kiwi
The London Hydraulic Power Company- Renforth Street, Rotherhithe above is about where the Hales Rocket Factory owned by an inventor, William Hale was. One of his inventions was a rocket and launcher extensively used in the Zulu wars and other battles. The rocket travelled without a stick and twisted like a bullet giving it greater accuracy.
The Hales Rocket Factory 1853.jpg
The Hales Rocket Factory 1853
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Hales Rocket. Move On

Re: Renforth Street Rotherhithe

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:20 am
by kiwi
Before the London Hydraulic Company the site was owned by Brandram Brothers where they manufactured chemicals. They also had Brandrams Wharf in Rotherhithe Street.
The Brandram Brothers factory was the 18th Century amalgamation of two Lower Road chemical factories, one belonging to the Brandrams and the other belonging to James Dummelow.
For a period, the amalgamated company was known as Brandram, Dummelow and Co., before becoming Brandram Brothers. They were manufacturers of paint pigments, including some fairly noxious chemicals, like white lead, saltpetre and oil of vitriol (sulphuric acid)

Map showing Brandrams. The nearby church of All Saints is no longer standing, and its churchyard is now the King's Fields.

Re: Renforth Street Rotherhithe

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:11 am
by kiwi
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Renforth street 2017
Aylton Estate, Renforth Street, Rotherhithe 2016.jpg
Aylton Estate, Renforth Street, Rotherhithe 2016

Re: Renforth Street Rotherhithe

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:41 am
by kiwi
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Renforth Street Risdon Street Aylton Estate Surrey Quays SE1 2016.