Columbia Wharf, Rotherhithe

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Columbia Wharf, Rotherhithe
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Columbia Wharf is located in London Borough of Southwark
Columbia Wharf
Columbia Wharf
Location in the Borough of Southwark, London
General information
Typeconverted grain silo
Address265 Rotherhithe Street
Town or cityLondon
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′18″N 0°02′00″W / 51.5050°N 0.0334°W / 51.5050; -0.0334Coordinates: 51°30′18″N 0°02′00″W / 51.5050°N 0.0334°W / 51.5050; -0.0334
Construction started1864

Columbia Wharf (variant spelling Colombia Wharf), a listed building on the south bank of the River Thames, was the first grain silo in a British port. Built in 1864, it was designed by architect and hymnwriter James Edmeston for G & I L Green's Patent Ventilating Grain Company. It is located in Rotherhithe, south of Cuckold's Point and north of Nelson Dock Pier. Canada Wharf was added to the complex in 1870-1.[1] The complex, including a former engine house and boiler to the south, was listed as a Grade II building in 1983.[2]

In 1914[3] the building was adapted for more general use, such as storage of tea, coffee, cocoa and dried fruits.[4][5][6]

Modern conversion and use[edit]

It was in use up until 1976.[1] The façade remains, but it has since been turned into housing with part being incorporated into the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Docklands Riverside.[4]


  1. ^ a b Craig, Charles; Diprose, Graham; Seaborne, Mike; Ellmers, Chris; Werner, Alex (2009). London's Changing Riverscape: Panoramas from London Bridge to Greenwich. London: Francis Lincoln Ltd. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-7112-2941-9.
  2. ^ "Historic England". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  3. ^ Rankin, Stuart. "Shipyards, Granaries and Wharves". Southwark Southwark Council. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b Banerjee, Jacqueline. "Columbia Wharf". Victorian Web. George P. Landow. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  5. ^ British Listed Buildings
  6. ^ New plans for the Hilton Hotel on Rotherhithe Street