SO8218 : North Warehouse, Gloucester Docks

taken 1 year ago, near to Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

North Warehouse, Gloucester Docks
North Warehouse, Gloucester Docks
The North Warehouse is the oldest warehouse at Gloucester Docks, built in 1826, i.e. just before the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal was opened in April 1827 to enable seagoing ships of the time to reach Gloucester. By 1829, the warehouse was already working at full capacity. Originally floor space was rented by many small businesses according to their individual needs for storage of various materials. However, following the repeal of the corn laws in 1846, the Canal Company decided to let the two halves of the building to two corn merchants as sole occupiers. The building continued to be used in its entirety until 1962, when the upper floors were condemned as derelict. The ground floor and cellars were in use until 1975. After a decade of abandonment, the warehouse was refurbished and turned into office accommodation for Gloucester City Council in 1986.

To the left of the sign saying "North Warehouse" can be seen the bell installed to signal the begin and end of shifts for the warehouse workers. It is known as the Atlas Bell as the original bell was taken from a ship of that name. LinkExternal link

A steam crane similar Link the ones which would once have operated in Gloucester Docks can be seen on North Quay in front of the building.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 March, 2019   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 23 March, 2019
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces  City, Town centre  Docks, Harbours 
Primary Subject of Photo
Warehouse 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 8273 1842 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:51.8454N 2:15.1322W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 8278 1839
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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