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Royal Marine Barracks the Longroom

A Grade II* Listed Building in Plymouth, Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3641 / 50°21'50"N

Longitude: -4.1593 / 4°9'33"W

OS Eastings: 246516

OS Northings: 53804

OS Grid: SX465538

Mapcode National: GBR R7J.9R

Mapcode Global: FRA 2852.PD5

Plus Code: 9C2Q9R7R+J7

Entry Name: Royal Marine Barracks the Longroom

Listing Date: 1 May 1975

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244646

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473372

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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SX4653 DURNFORD STREET, Stonehouse
740-1/66/785 (East side)
01/05/75 Royal Marine Barracks: The Longroom


Assembly rooms, then mess, later infirmary, school, now
gymnasium. 1760, officer's mess from 1805, school from 1818;
extended slightly early C19.
MATERIALS: red brick laid to Flemish bond with rusticated
stone quoins; dry slate hipped roofs behind brick parapets
with moulded stone cornices; brick stack towards left. Mid
Georgian style.
PLAN: rectangular plan with double-depth rear section;
entrance hall to centre at either end.
EXTERIOR: main block is 2 storeys over basement and 3-window
range with mid-floor string; rear block is 3 storeys over
basement and under same parapet level; 5:5-window range, the
left-hand 2 bays of rear block a later extension. Original
window openings have gauged brick arches over 6/6-pane sashes,
later openings with segmental arches over similar sashes.
Original symmetrical 3-window entrance front to right-hand
return with moulded architraves to ground-floor window
openings and central distyle Ionic pedimented porch with
dentilled cornices and pulvinated frieze; round-arched doorway
with fanlight.
Rear end rendered with a C19 3-window entrance front including
a central porch with round-arched doorway and blind niches to
the sides, and windows altered mid C20.
INTERIOR: has long room on each floor to main block with a
lateral dogleg stair to the front; central axial early C19
open-well staircase in later part with stick balusters, ramped
rails and turned newels; original joists to white-washed
HISTORY: bought from the Corporation in 1805 for use as an
officer's mess, but used as a school for children of NCOs when
the officers moved to the rebuilt officer's mess (qv) in 1818.
The rear was used as an infirmary from c1859, when the nearby
surgeon's house was erected. A markedly similar composition to
the 1761 Guildhall at Poole, Dorset.
Stonehouse barracks was built between 1781-1783. Included for
historic and architectural interest with the main part of the
barracks complex, which is the oldest and most important group
of barracks in England not forming part of a fortification.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX4651653804

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