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Former Chapel at HMS Pembroke

A Grade II Listed Building in Gillingham, Medway

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Latitude: 51.3972 / 51°23'49"N

Longitude: 0.5346 / 0°32'4"E

OS Eastings: 576420

OS Northings: 169511

OS Grid: TQ764695

Mapcode National: GBR PPP.9ZG

Mapcode Global: VHJLV.740R

Plus Code: 9F329GWM+VV

Entry Name: Former Chapel at HMS Pembroke

Listing Date: 6 June 1984

Last Amended: 5 December 1996

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1267807

English Heritage Legacy ID: 462542

Location: River, 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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CENTRAL AVENUE (south side)
Former Chapel at HMS Pembroke

(Formerly Listed as: CENTRAL AVENUE (south side) Chapel at HMS Pembroke)


Formerly known as: Church of St George CENTRAL AVENUE. Chapel, now offices. c1905, chancel remodelled 1948 by Edward Maufe. Red brick with stone dressings and a slate roof.

STYLE: Romanesque Revival.

PLAN: apsidal chancel, transepts and aisled nave.

EXTERIOR: moulded stone plinth, two cill bands, and overhanging eaves, with buttresses between aisle and upper windows; small round-arched aisle and west windows, tall round-arched upper windows. Five bay chancel and seven bay apse, and a man-of-war weather vane; gabled north and south transepts have three lower and a single upper window, with an oculus in the gable. Eleven bay parapeted aisle with matching west porch with a round-arched door with strap hinges, and eleven bay nave; at the east end is a three bay bellcote with buttresses, three open round-arches with bells, and a round central pediment and finial. Gabled west end has three bays separated by buttresses, single lower windows to outer bays and five bay half-domed central apse, and stepped five-light round-arched upper window. South transept has a parapeted east vestry with a porch with weathered ashlar roof and gabled round-arched doorway.

INTERIOR: contains a chancel with boarded and ribbed wooden barrel vault, painted to represent night sky, ribs on clasped marble shafts, and nave has arch-braced crown post roof on moulded corbels, with octagonal piers to aisle arcades with double hollow chamfer arches dying into piers, and narrow aisles.

FITTINGS: organ, free-standing altar candle sticks, lectern and pews, all c1905. Reredos 1916 by W.D Caröe, allegory of the Allies in First World War.

STAINED GLASS: nave, mostly of Chatham ships, and memorial to George V.

HISTORY: part of the complete early C20 HMS Pembroke naval barracks, with the Captain's House, Mess block, barracks and ancillary buildings (qqv). A closely similar design to the chapel at HMS Drake, Plymouth.

Listing NGR: TQ7641969512

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