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Royal Marine Barracks the Globe Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3666 / 50°21'59"N

Longitude: -4.16 / 4°9'35"W

OS Eastings: 246477

OS Northings: 54081

OS Grid: SX464540

Mapcode National: GBR R7F.DT

Mapcode Global: FRA 2852.H4H

Plus Code: 9C2Q9R8R+J2

Entry Name: Royal Marine Barracks the Globe Theatre

Listing Date: 1 May 1975

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244645

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473371

ID on this website: 101244645

Location: Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon, PL1

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Peter and the Waterfront

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Tagged with: Theatre

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740-1/60/784 (East side)
01/05/75 Royal Marine Barracks: The Globe


Racquet court, later extended and converted to theatre on
Marines barracks. c1830, remodelled after 1860, restored
MATERIALS: squared, snecked Plymouth limestone below impost
level at entrance front, otherwise Plymouth limestone rubble
with limestone dressings; low-pitched tiled roof, the
right-hand gable end completely glazed with 2 mullions and
vertical glazing bars between.
EXTERIOR: former racquet court a tall single storey;
symmetrical 2-window entrance front. Blind low 3-light
mullioned windows above impost string, small segmental-arched
basement windows to light under stage below. Tall central
round-arched stage doorway with keyblock and moulded gabled
hood; rusticated jambs; large pair of ledged doors opening at
2 levels. Rear wall has a central stone shallow bay up to
beneath the eaves to accommodate the auditorium, with blind
lunettes each side.
INTERIOR: has original features to circular auditorium, for
seating approximately 250, including: shallow domed ceiling
with dentilled cornice supported on cast-iron columns; fluted
pilastered proscenium with panelled sides and mock doors with
pediments. The auditorium dome is of wooden construction under
a hipped roof with cast-iron trusses.
HISTORY: ball courts were a standard feature of early
barracks, but this is probably the earliest surviving example,
and unique as a conversion to a theatre. Stonehouse is the
earliest non-garrison barracks in England, and a complete
complex of considerable architectural and historic
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX4647754081

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