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Report - Caird & Rayner, London, July 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Keitei, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. Keitei

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    Had my eyes on this place for a while :cool:
    Access was amusing, at early dawn decided to climb in just as a police car drives pass for a second time - amazed how they didn't see me. ;)

    Inside it is a lot bigger than it looks, comprising of two buildings merging into each other while extending to the canal that runs along the back.
    It has two storeys with a basement, comprising a ground-floor warehouse and first-floor sail-makers' loft, very nice!

    ~ Bit of history
    It is a 'rare surviving' former sail makers and ship chandlers warehouse, built in 1869 by William Cubitt & Company.
    In 1889 the building was acquired by Caird and Rayner, designers and manufacturers of steam pumps.
    They were also engineers and coppersmiths who specialised in the design and manufacturer of sea water distilling plant for supplying boilers
    and drinking water on Royal Navy vessels, Cunard liners, cargo ships and oil tankers.

    It is one of the last surviving sail-makers and chandlers' warehouses in London's Dockland; the only other example is in West India Dock Road
    - Tower Hamlets which survives less completely.

    The site then became a car garage for a while but appears rather empty at the moment. The ground floor however still looks in active use of some kind.

    The rear is Grade II listed with future plans to convert certain parts in flats.

    On with the photos
    ~ enjoy

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    Tomb Raider :cool:
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