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Royal Marine Barracks South Block and Attached Basement Railings

A Grade II* Listed Building in Plymouth, Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3656 / 50°21'56"N

Longitude: -4.161 / 4°9'39"W

OS Eastings: 246405

OS Northings: 53976

OS Grid: SX464539

Mapcode National: GBR R78.DC

Mapcode Global: FRA 2852.GRK

Plus Code: 9C2Q9R8Q+6J

Entry Name: Royal Marine Barracks South Block and Attached Basement Railings

Listing Date: 1 May 1975

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244644

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473370

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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740-1/65/783 (East side)
01/05/75 Royal Marine Barracks: South block
and attached basement railings


Formerly known as: N & E Blocks, Officer's Mess, Dining Hall &
Single Officers Accom. DURNFORD STREET Stonehouse, R M
Officers' accommodation at Marines barracks. 1780-83, built
for the Ordnance Board by Messrs Templer & Parlby; extended
c1860, to design by Col G Greene, Director of the Admiralty
Works Department.
MATERIALS: Plymouth limestone rubble with limestone dressings;
dry slate hipped roof behind coped rubble parapet over bands;
ashlar stack over cross wall towards right and lateral stack
behind; truncated remains of stacks over the other 2 cross
walls; dormer window at far right.
PLAN: rectangular plan 6 rooms long plus 3 stair towers at
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys plus attic over basement; 16-window range.
Mostly C20 horned copies of original or C19 hornless sashes
with glazing bars within plain stone architraves. 3 former
doorways with blocked jambs and stepped keys beneath a cornice
linked to plat band; plate glass overlights and planked doors
except for the doorway on the right which is now fitted with a
window. A cast-iron moulded hopper to the front is inscribed
GR 1780.
INTERIOR: largely rebuilt mid C20.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: late C19 latticed and scrolled
wrought-iron railings surrounding forecourt and flanking steps
HISTORY: the E end is the only surviving part of the original
officer's quarters containing the Commandant's House and that
of his deputy in the ends, with officer's quarters between. It
was extended to the W to provided accommodation for 8 more
captain's as part of Greene's extension of the barracks, which
enclosed the C18 parade ground. Barracks were built for the
Marines regiments, formed in 1755, at Chatham, Portsmouth, and
Devonport, but this is the only one to have survived.
Stonehouse is the oldest and most important barracks in
England not forming part of a fortification, a rare example of
C18 planning, and a complex of great historic value.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX4640553976

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