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Cox's Stack, Camperdown Works
Dundee, Angus, Scotland
associated engineer
George A. Cox
date  1865 - 1866
era  Victorian  |  category  Factory/Industrial Plant  |  reference  NO381316
Cox’s Stack is the tallest surviving example of an industrial chimney in Scotland. It takes the form of an Italian campanile, or bell tower, and is constructed of polychrome brick on an ashlar stone base.
The engineer for the chimney was George Cox, one of three brothers who owned the 30 acre Camperdown Works complex where the chimney stands. The Works was the largest jute mill in the world at the time of its construction.
Cox’s Stack is said to 86m high and has a very pleasing appearance. It was designed by architect Jame MacLaren. Externally, it appears square in plan but its internal lining is circular in section. It sits on a wider base with tapered sides. Above this is a tall lower section of chimney featuring pilasters and corbels in yellow brick.
The chimney’s main shaft has angle pilasters decorated with alternate red and yellow horizontal bands. This section is topped with a large cornice, above which the chimney carries on in octagonal form. Here the coping has been removed.
It is thought that the design parameters used for Cox’s Stack may have been adopted from an existing chimney at Edinburgh Gas Works, designed by George Buchanan. Cox also designed other buildings for the Camperdown Works, including the fire-proof High Mill (1857-68).
Architect: James MacLaren
Research: CB
reference sources   CEH SH

Cox's Stack, Camperdown Works