History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Cooperage West Range

A Grade II Listed Building in Gosport, Hampshire

More Photos »
Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 50.8001 / 50°48'0"N

Longitude: -1.1267 / 1°7'36"W

OS Eastings: 461639

OS Northings: 100426

OS Grid: SU616004

Mapcode National: GBR VKC.4T

Mapcode Global: FRA 86JZ.GVB

Plus Code: 9C2WRV2F+38

Entry Name: Cooperage West Range

Listing Date: 13 August 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244465

English Heritage Legacy ID: 476744

Location: Christchurch, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12

County: Hampshire

Electoral Ward/Division: Christchurch

Built-Up Area: Gosport

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Gosport Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

Find accommodation in


13-AUG-99 (East side)


Cooperage at naval victualling yard; now disused. 1766. Rendered plinth, weather-boarded timber frame above, with plain tile roof and 2 rear lateral stacks. Single-depth plan in 6 equal sections. Single storey; each section divided into 13 panels.

EXTERIOR: A long range to the W side of the former cooper's square; sections separated by a fire wall rising through the roof, each with a boarded door and variable distribution of windows and boarded panels; the windows have 10/10-pane lights. The section 3 from the left has 2 small dormers of 6 and 2 lights, front and rear. Window-less rear, middle section has 2 large external stacks.

INTERIOR: The section with the stacks has wide hearths from former forge. Timber trusses.

HISTORY: Used for making barrels for the navy's rum issue until it was discontinued in 1970. The cooperage was built between 1765 and 1766 adjacent to the Weevil Brewery, which had been constructed two years before. Forms one side of the cooper's square with the S and E ranges (qv), in which barrels were stacked. Clarence is one of the first large industrial food processing plants in the country, and indicative of the considerable scale of the Navy's victualling operation, on an important site overlooking the river.

Built in 1766 as 6 coopers' shops each containing 2 fire hearths and terminated at each end by sheds for iron and wood hoops (these two sheds, and one of the coopers' shops, are the only cooperage buildings to have been demolished). This range incorporates a section of the original brewery wall of 1764. By 1830 the coopers' shops were mostly used for the storage of casks.

(Source: D Evans. 'The Evolution of the Cooperage and Rumstore complexes at RCY. A Study carried out for Hampshire County Council, April 2000)

Listing NGR: SU6165800327

Selected Sources

Book cover links are generated automatically from the sources. They are not necessarily always correct, as book names at Amazon may not be quite the same as those used referenced in the text.

Source title links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.