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The Standard Reservoir

Hob Uid: 404360
Location :
Greater London Authority
Greenwich
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : TQ3863277246
Summary : The Standard Reervoir is a rectangular brick structure with higher projecting gables to the North and South, that to the South particularly fine with recessed entrance. The building is set on a sloping hillside, ahs a pitched rof. The side elevations have tie-bars . Possibly built by Hawksmoor.
More information : [TQ38637725] "Conduit House Greenwich Hospital, c.1730.
Covered Standard Reservoir with graffiti earliest of which seems
to be about 1733."
[TQ38777685] "Conduit House dated c 1710. Scheduled A.M."
[Course of conduit, connecting the two houses is shown on Corr.6"
Sheet] (1)

[TQ 38657730] Conduit House [NAT] (2)

The Post medieval conduits and conduit heads were part of a previously established water system within Greenwich Park. The tunnel system was explored in 1961 and was found to be of a much greater extend than originally thought, even though it was not fully explored. The brickwork appeared to be no earlier than Tudor in date. Four known entrances were present within the park. The water system was increased during the 17th and 18th centuries, but ceased to be used as water supply in 1891. The majority of waterhouses were demolished between 1850-1902. It now part of park's drainage system (3)

Situated within an enclosure of iron railings, the Conduit House or Standard House is rectangular in plan, with higher, projecting gable walls to north and south. The walls are of brick, surmounted by a pitched, tile roof. The entrance is set in the north gable. Stone plaques above the entrance carry the legend `Greenwich Hospital Standard Reservoir' a reference to the Royal Hospital for Seamen, established in 1705. The door to the Conduit House is locked and access to the interior could not be obtained. (4,5)

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Source : Annotated Record Map
Source details : Corr 6"(E.Birchenough, 1.3.60)
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Source : London, 2 : South
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Trans G.A.S. 1914 Sec plan
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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:10000 1981
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Source : Greenwich Park : historical survey
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHME: ROYAL PARKS PROJECT: Greenwich Park Survey, Sep-93 to Feb-94
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Source : English Heritage Monuments Protection Programme Industrial Monuments Assessment, Step 3 Reports
Source details : The Water and Sewage Industry, 2000, Greater London 16a
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Source : Greenwich: an architectural history of the Royal Hospital for Seamen and the Queen's Housei
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Source : Greenwich Park: an archaeological survey. Detailed reports for the NMR
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Tudor
Monument End Date : 1603
Monument Start Date : 1485
Monument Type : Conduit, Reservoir
Evidence : Subterranean Feature
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Expanded during C17 and C18
Monument End Date : 1799
Monument Start Date : 1600
Monument Type : Conduit, Reservoir
Evidence : Subterranean Feature
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Constructed 1710-11
Monument End Date : 1711
Monument Start Date : 1710
Monument Type : Conduit House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Partly demolished 1850-1902
Monument End Date : 1902
Monument Start Date : 1850
Monument Type : Conduit
Evidence : Subterranean Feature
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Disused in 1891
Monument End Date : 1891
Monument Start Date : 1891
Monument Type : Conduit
Evidence : Subterranean Feature

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : LO 27
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 82423
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 37 NE 38
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 662267
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 662264
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 662262
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 662265
Relationship type : Is referred to by

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: ROYAL PARKS PROJECT: GREENWICH PARK SURVEY
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-09-01
End Date : 1994-02-01
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: GREENWICH PROJECT
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-01-01
End Date : 1998-12-31