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North and South (old) Stanley Tobacco Warehouses
Stanley Dock, Port of Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
North and South (old) Stanley Tobacco Warehouses
associated engineer
Jesse Hartley
date  1852-4 and 1853-5
era  Victorian  |  category  Building  |  reference  SJ337922
ICE reference number  HEW 1740
photo  Reg N. Norfolk
Two near-identical brick and iron fire-resistant warehouses on Stanley Dock in Liverpool, designed for bonded tobacco storage.
The warehouses each cover a ground area of 192m x 27.4m. Each was built in five sections and has a vault, a ground floor at quay level and four upper floors. Massive cast iron columns at 5.8m centres form colonades along the quay, where each section has an 11.6m stretch of embayment for cargo handling. A 4.6m high brick wall defines the bonded (secure) area.
The buildings were designed to be fire-resistant but even so, their roofs were clad in boards and slate. Various sections of the complex were damaged in World War II and these were repaired in 1953.
The South Warehouse was extended in 1916 by the addition of a reinforced concrete annex on its southern side.
In 1897-1901, the southern part of Stanley Dock was filled in, a new dock constructed and a new warehouse built on the reclaimed land (new) South Stanley Tobacco Warehouse (Anthony George Lyster). The old South Warehouse was connected to the new by three bridges at first floor level.
Main contractor (North warehouse): William Tomkinson
Hydraulic jigger (1897): C.A. Musker
Research: PD
The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, Maritime Centre, Port of Liverpool L21 1LA
(Engineer's Department archives and microfilm)
The University of Liverpool, The Quentin Hughes Collection, Code D7
reference sources   CEH North

North and South (old) Stanley Tobacco Warehouses