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Royal Marine Barracks North Barrack Block and Attached Basement Railings

A Grade II* Listed Building in Plymouth, Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.367 / 50°22'1"N

Longitude: -4.1612 / 4°9'40"W

OS Eastings: 246391

OS Northings: 54128

OS Grid: SX463541

Mapcode National: GBR R76.YC

Mapcode Global: FRA 2852.8PW

Plus Code: 9C2Q9R8Q+QG

Entry Name: Royal Marine Barracks North Barrack Block and Attached Basement Railings

Listing Date: 1 May 1975

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244639

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473365

Location: St. Peter and the Waterfront, Plymouth, PL1

County: Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Peter and the Waterfront

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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740-1/60/787 (East side)
01/05/75 Royal Marine Barracks: North Barrack
Block and attached basement railings


Formerly known as: N & E Blocks, Officers Mess, Dining Hall &
Single Officers Accom. DURNFORD STREET Stonehouse, R M
Barrack block at Marines barracks. c1860, designed by Colonel
G Greene, Director of the Admiralty Works Department; altered
late C20.
MATERIALS: Plymouth limestone rubble with limestone dressings;
dry slate roofs on 2 levels, hipped end on right and coped
gable ends to slightly taller later block on the left, all
behind a coped rubble parapet over a dressed stone band; 2
truncated stone stacks.
PLAN: single-depth plan, the left-hand part slightly broken
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys over basement; 17:12-window range. Horned
sashes with glazing bars replacing original hornless sashes,
all within plain stone architraves; bands above basement and
ground floor. Segmental-arched doorways and enclosed stone
porch with parapet and side windows, on left. To the rear at
the W end is a square stair tower with a pyramidal roof.
INTERIOR: not inspected but reported to have been rebuilt
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: late C19 latticed and scrolled
wrought-iron railings surrounding forecourt and flanking steps
up to doorways.
HISTORY: built to match the 1783 barrack, after the former N
officers' wing was demolished when the barracks was enlarged
by Greene in the 1860s, to enclose the C18 parade ground.
Originally with single-depth rooms flanking entrance stair
halls, with sergeant's mess and library at the W end and men's
day room and billiard room at the E. Stonehouse is the
earliest and most important barracks in England not forming
part of a fortification, a rare example of C18 planning, and a
complex of great historical value.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX4639154128

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