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  • Grimsby Dock Tower is actually a massive water tower existing to provide pressurised water to drive the hydraulics of the gates of the docks and contains 30,000 gallons with water pressure of 100 imperial pounds per square inch.
  • 1 million bricks were used in the construction with 1.21 thick walls around the main tapering section that contains the water. This area starts with a base of 8.53 metres but tapers slightly to 7.92 metres before the head of the building projects out above it.
  • When built it was the tallest secular building in the world and of such national importance it was opened by Queen Victoria.
  • By the 1950s Grimsby had become the world's busiest fishing port but technology installed in 1900 had left the tower redundant. It was however retained as a local monument.

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Architect
James William Wild
Main Contractor
J M Rendell

Reference Data

Reference No.
641
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
21-01-2009
 

Building Location

Address
Wharfcliffe Road North, Royal Dock, Grimsby. DN31
Council
North East Lincolnshire
County
Lincolnshire
Region
Yorkshire and Humber
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Completion date
1851
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Venetian

Roof Height (AGL)
94.20

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Primary Use
Water Tower


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