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Address :- Farringdon Rd, London, Greater London, EC1 1AZ Grid Reference :- TQ 311 824 Grid Co-ordinates :- Easting 531100 m, Northing 182400 m Lat & Long (WGS84) :- 51.525305 , -0.111623 View Historic Mapping Site Location :- Viewing Site :- Parish or Township :- Administrative Area :- Islington Pre 1974 County :- Greater London Council Site Status :- Site extant - Protected status unknown Site Condition :- Operational site, in use for original purpose Site Era :-Early Modern 1850-1950 to Modern Post 1950 Site Dates :- 1889 - Visit By :- -
Record Status :- Reviewed Reviewed By :- Andrew Turner - 26 November 2021
Description and History Major letter and parcel sorting office established 1889. Impressive interwar facade on south.
Main depot of the Post Office Railway, Whitechapel-Liverpool St Station-King Edward St-Mount Pleasant-Holborn-West End-Paddington Station (6.5 miles). Engineer H. Dalrymple-Hay, 9 ft internal dia. twin-track running tunnel, 2 ft. gauge, automatic control, commenced construction 1914, opened 1927. Conveyors, lifts and spiral chutes from ground level. The 26 acre site included the Post Office Railway's surface yard and gantry crane alongside Phoenix Place; this is where rolling stock transfers to and from the surface could be made; the PO Railway depot and workshops (cut and cover) is immediately below. The computerised PO Railway control room was in the main building. The entire PO Railway closed in March 2003, now a visitor attraction.
The 26 acre site includes the Post Office Railway's surface yard and gantry crane alongside Phoenix Place; this is where rolling stock transfers to and from the surface can be made; the PO Railway depot and workshops (cut and cover) is immediately below. The computerised PO Railway control room is on the ? 1st or 2nd floor of the main building. The entire PO Railway is scheduled to close 28 March 2003 - Paul W. SOWAN - Paul Sowan --- the following annotation is from Bob Rust, GLIAS : It has three Postcodes EC1 1AZ/1BB/1BP. Could split site into two entries - Andrew Turner - 26 November 2021 - Robert Mason - 6 June 2022
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