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Canteen at Branston Depot

A Grade II Listed Building in Branston, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.7882 / 52°47'17"N

Longitude: -1.6548 / 1°39'17"W

OS Eastings: 423376

OS Northings: 321237

OS Grid: SK233212

Mapcode National: GBR 5F1.2G7

Mapcode Global: WHCGC.K56T

Plus Code: 9C4WQ8QW+73

Entry Name: Canteen at Branston Depot

Listing Date: 5 February 2001

Last Amended: 26 February 2001

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1246224

English Heritage Legacy ID: 487384

Location: Branston, East Staffordshire, Staffordshire, DE14

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Branston

Built-Up Area: Burton upon Trent

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Branston St Saviour

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text

944/6/10011 Branston
05-FEB-01 (North side)
Canteen at Branston Depot


Canteen, surgery and social centre. 1918. Brick with gabled slate roofs. Planned as a double-gabled E-W range with a double-gabled block projecting from centre of front (S) elevation; surgery and service blocks frame 2 service yards to rear. One storey. All gable ends are stone-coped with horizontal mid band, all windows are metal multi-paned casements and all doors to front and flank elevations are panelled and half-glazed. S elevation faces onto former bowling green, and has projecting flat-roofed 6-bay loggias to each side: these have brick piers rising to dentilled course below parapet, fronting 2 doors and 3 windows to each side. Projecting central block has 3-bay S elevation with paired windows set in recessed bays articulated by pilasters and stepped eaaves course. Each double-gabled side elevation has full-width recessed ground-floor bay with dentilled cornice over continuous lintel and central doors with overlight and flanking windows. Similar end gables to E and W gables of main range. Interior retains original joinery including panelled doors.
HISTORY: This building, prominently sited close to the Office Block (qv) of the former National Machine Gun Factory, was built as a canteen, surgery and social centre for male and female munitions workers. Facing onto a former bowling green, it relates to an important phase in the development of British factory architecture, when imported American ideas on sustaining the health and fitness of the workforce had their first impact on factory planning. 169,700 of the 305,900 employees on the 215 National Factory sites in November 1918 were women, a factor which influenced the layout (included segregated areas for men and women) of these new types of factory buildings. This building is externally unaltered, and stands in relationship to the most architecturally elaborate complex built under the National Factories scheme.

Listing NGR: SK2337621240

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