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Former Blake Barrack

A Grade II Listed Building in Gillingham, Medway

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Latitude: 51.3972 / 51°23'49"N

Longitude: 0.5379 / 0°32'16"E

OS Eastings: 576650

OS Northings: 169520

OS Grid: TQ766695

Mapcode National: GBR PPP.BV2

Mapcode Global: VHJLV.84RQ

Entry Name: Former Blake Barrack

Listing Date: 28 September 1990

Last Amended: 5 December 1996

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1267804

English Heritage Legacy ID: 462539

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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Listing Text


686-1/2/89 (South side)
28/09/90 Former Blake Barrack
(Formerly Listed as:
CENTRAL AVENUE, Chatham Maritime
(South side)
4 Barrack blocks, Grenville, Anson,
Nelson and Blake)


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
STYLE: Free Edwardian Baroque.
PLAN: single-depth axial.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys with attics to end cross ranges; 25-bay
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 8-bay intermediate ranges divided by shallow paired
lateral stacks to the first- and second-floor with a central
downpipe. 3-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 BLAKE 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 1-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 4 matching barracks at the former HMS
Pembroke, and part of a carefully planned group with the
Officer's Mess, Captain's House, Motor Dept (qqv), and other
ancillary buildings.

Listing NGR: TQ7665169537

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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