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The Unicorn Gate

A Grade II Listed Building in Portsmouth, Portsmouth

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Latitude: 50.8031 / 50°48'11"N

Longitude: -1.0951 / 1°5'42"W

OS Eastings: 463861

OS Northings: 100783

OS Grid: SU638007

Mapcode National: GBR VQC.TL

Mapcode Global: FRA 86LZ.36C

Plus Code: 9C2WRW33+6X

Entry Name: The Unicorn Gate

Listing Date: 13 August 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244587

English Heritage Legacy ID: 476642

Location: Charles Dickens, Portsmouth, PO1

County: Portsmouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Charles Dickens

Built-Up Area: Portsmouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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Listing Text

HM Naval Base
The Unicorn Gate


Includes: The Unicorn Gate, UNICORN ROAD HM NAVAL BASE
Portsea town gate, then entrance to naval dockyard. 1779 (Patterson), demolished and re-erected as dockyard entrance 1865 (Lloyd). Ashlar. Central carriage archway flanked by pedestrian archways, all round-arched. Vermiculated plinth. Rusticated centrepiece breaks forward, the archway has dropped keystone and voussoirs aligned to courses; flanking paired pilasters support entablature with cornice and pediment in which is unicorn couchant and bearing standard. Pedestrian archways have architraves and are set in walls which have cornices, sweep up to centre, and terminate in square piers with cornices and ball on cushion finials.
HISTORY: the Unicorn Gate was originally located on Anchor Gate Road, just east of the present Anchor Gate (not included, Patterson). It is now reset on the alignment of the dockyard extension wall (qv).
(Sources: Lloyd DW: Buildings of Portsmouth and its Environs: Portsmouth: 1974: 62; A Military Heritage: Patterson BH: A History of Portsmouth and Portsea Town Fortifications: Portsmouth: 1984: 25, 26).

HM Naval Base
The Unicorn Gate


See under: The Unicorn Gate, CIRCULAR ROAD HM NAVAL BASE

Listing NGR: SU6299200361

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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