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Former Royal Naval Hospital the Church of the Good Shepherd

A Grade II Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.3726 / 50°22'21"N

Longitude: -4.1565 / 4°9'23"W

OS Eastings: 246747

OS Northings: 54741

OS Grid: SX467547

Mapcode National: GBR R80.93

Mapcode Global: FRA 2851.Y8N

Entry Name: Former Royal Naval Hospital the Church of the Good Shepherd

Listing Date: 1 May 1975

Last Amended: 9 November 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113295

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473511

Location: Plymouth, PL1

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Peter and the Waterfront

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Plymouth St Peter and the Holy Apostles

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


PLYMOUTH

SX4654NE HIGH STREET, Stonehouse
740-1/56/820 (North side)
01/05/75 Former Royal Naval Hospital: The
Church of the Good Shepherd
(Formerly Listed as:
HIGH STREET, Stonehouse
Royal Naval Hospital: Chapel)

GV II

Chapel at former Naval Hospital. 1883, restored after war
damage in 1945-6.
MATERIALS: Plymouth limestone random rubble (like crazy
paving) and limestone dressings; dry slate roofs with coped
ends: nave roof above wooden clerestory with trefoils and
cusped 2-light dormer windows with round tracery over mullion
shafts (4 to each side); half-conical roof over chancel;
lean-tos over aisles, all with ornate cornices, and stone
spire to tower.
STYLE: Gothic Revival, mostly with early English details.
PLAN: nave: semicircular-plan chancel; N and S aisles with
integral E porches; short transept to W end of N aisle; small
apse to W end of S aisle, and small-plan tower with baptistry
to SW corner.
EXTERIOR: early Gothic style features including stiff-leaf
capitals, nail-head ornament and shaft rings; cusped and
traceried 2-light windows with nook shafts with carved
stiff-leaf capitals: 6 chancel windows with linked hoodmoulds
over pointed arches. Nave has punched trefoil band running
between gabled 2-light dormers; 4 squat 2-centred arched
windows to each aisle; quatrefoils above similar windows with
hoodmoulds and moulded impost strings to ends of aisles. At W
end of nave is large 2-centred arched window of 2 orders over
W porch with 2-centred outer arch of 2 orders and
trefoil-headed inner doorway. S porch is gabled; N porch has
squat moulded arch and lean-to hood above which is a series of
5 quatrefoils over 3 trefoils. Tower is of 3 diminishing
stages with octagonal upper stage surmounted by steep spire
with finial; carved cornices above each stage. 2nd stage has
chamfered corners and paired lights; lower stage has corner
shafts and single lights with trefoil heads.
INTERIOR: light white-painted interior with natural wood
arch-braced (hammer-beam) and aisled roof carried on slender
wooden posts; moulded pointed chancel arch over clustered
polished marble shafts; fan roof over chancel with turned
shafts with richly-carved capitals to windows.


FITTINGS: include marble font with quatrefoils and turned
shafts; 2nd font which seems to be made of a wooden ship's
bollard and part of a gun; pitch-pine pews with V-jointed
boards and shaped ends; ships' badges. War memorial.
A very unusual church design, described by Pevsner as
"engineers' Gothic", and set in good grounds as part of an
outstanding military hospital complex.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:
655; Morrison K: Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse: Cambridge:
1992-: 100373).


Listing NGR: SX4674754741

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