All three of them were probably designed by James McConnochie (who is also thought to have been responsible for the dock offices on Surrey Quays Road) for the Surrey Commercial Dock company. They are single-storey structures built in a pale yellowish brick (the yard office was of a paler, whiter brick), with a black brick plinth visible along the bases. The doors and windows set under red-brick jack arches with white keystones, and each building was topped with a black-tiled hipped roof (again, the exception is the Yard Office, which has a gabled roof). Chimneys were provided for much-needed heat. They are lovely little buildings, nicely designed and were clearly intended to be good looking as well as functional.
|Tide Gauge Office|
The gauge house, next to the lock keeper's office, contained the equipment for determining the state of the tide. It was essential for the correct operation of the lock for this to be precise. The equipment consisted of a tide gauge that indicated the level of the river.
Both the Lock Keeper's Office and the Gauge Office are Grade 2 listed, but I cannot find any listing for the Yard Office, which could account for its neglect. Whatever the reason, it really needs to be restored so that it doesn't look like such a mess. Even when buildings are structurally sound, the moment they begin to look ruinous people cease to treat them with respect, they become the objects of vandalism, and the next thing you know, just as with the Surrey Grand Canal Lock Keeper's house, they are removed and replaced. This should not be allowed to happen. I've emailed Southwark Council about the condition of the building and will post an update when/if they reply.