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Former Anson Barrack

A Grade II Listed Building in Gillingham, Medway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3972 / 51°23'49"N

Longitude: 0.5394 / 0°32'21"E

OS Eastings: 576750

OS Northings: 169523

OS Grid: TQ767695

Mapcode National: GBR PPP.C6B

Mapcode Global: VHJLV.94HR

Entry Name: Former Anson Barrack

Listing Date: 28 September 1990

Last Amended: 5 December 1996

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1267803

English Heritage Legacy ID: 462538

Location: Medway, ME4

County: Medway

Electoral Ward/Division: River

Built-Up Area: Gillingham

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Gillingham St Mark

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Description

TQ7669NE
686-1/2/88

GILLINGHAM
Pembroke
CENTRAL AVENUE (south side)
Former Anson Barrack

(Formerly Listed as: CHATHAM CENTRAL AVENUE (South side), Chatham Maritime, 4 Barrack Blocks Grenville, Anson, Nelson and Blake)

28/09/90

GV
II
Barracks, now offices and laboratories. c1902 by Sir Henry Pilkington. Red brick with Portland stone dressings, brick gable and ridge and lateral stacks and slate cross-gabled roof.

STYLE: Free Edwardian Baroque.

PLAN: single-depth axial.

EXTERIOR: three storeys with attics to end cross ranges; 25-bay range. Long symmetrical ranges have a plinth, banded rustication to a ground floor plat band, second floor impost band becoming corniced frieze on end gables, and a modillion eaves cornice, the eight bay intermediate ranges divided by shallow paired lateral stacks to the first and second floor with a central downpipe. Three bay end gables have clasping pilaster strips, with scrolled ends to raking coping, and thin lateral stacks flanking central windows to a tall gable stack with a central rib; deep, full-height central canted bay. Segmental-arched 6/6-pane sashes have large split keystones to ground and first floors, brick and stone voussoirs to the second; ground-floor windows to the intermediate sections wider with side lights.

Return gables have an outer blind bay, with a central porch with blocked Tuscan columns to an entablature with ANSON in raised letters and a segmental pediment and a half-glazed double door, and a bay above with entablature and parapet, paired 4/4-pane sashes in a keyed architrave and 4/4-pane sashes to the sides; above is a round-arched 8/8-pane sash with architrave and brackets to a round-arched pediment set forward from the cornice over a cartouche with flanking fish.

Rear elevations plainer, with square latrine towers at each end with pyramidal roofs connected to the barrack by a ground floor arch and one-light range above. Good cast-iron dated hoppers and square downpipes. Roofs have banded ridge and lateral stacks, some truncated, with late C20 dormer louvres and air conditioning units.

INTERIOR: plain with axial corridors and stairs in ends and central projecting sections.

HISTORY: one of four matching barracks at the former HMS Pembroke, and part of a carefully planned group with the Officer's Mess (Pasley Rd), Captain's House (Central Ave.), Motor Dept (North Rd), (qqv), and other ancillary buildings.

Listing NGR: TQ7674969544

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