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A Grade II* Listed Building in Gillingham, Medway

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Latitude: 51.4011 / 51°24'3"N

Longitude: 0.5346 / 0°32'4"E

OS Eastings: 576403

OS Northings: 169941

OS Grid: TQ764699

Mapcode National: GBR PPP.3Z5

Mapcode Global: VHJLV.61ZR

Plus Code: 9F32CG2M+CR

Entry Name: Boilershop

Listing Date: 6 June 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1267821

English Heritage Legacy ID: 462556

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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TQ7669NW DOCK HEAD ROAD, Chatham Dockyard
686-1/1/56 (South side)
06/06/84 Boilershop


Dry dock cover, now boilershop, disused. 1847, by Fox
Henderson & Co at Woolwich Dockyard, re-erected at Chatham
c1876. Cast- and wrought-iron frame with corrugated-iron
cladding and roof.
PLAN: rectangular with lower aisles.
EXTERIOR: single-storey; 11-bay range and 3-bay W extension.
Gabled ends with raking aisles, frame expressed externally,
with louvred ridge and moulded gutters. Irregular scattering
of small windows to sides. Lower side brick additions along
sides. A decorative square clock tower at the W end with
clocks to each face, and a louvred octagonal cupola and
INTERIOR: a rigid iron frame has cast-iron columns to
wrought-iron roof trusses, and aisles with segmental-arched
cast-iron braces with pierced spandrels.
HISTORY: covers for ship-building dry docks were introduced in
c1814 to protect wooden ships during construction against the
weather. The original building was cast and erected at No.4
slip, Woolwich, and re-erected at Chatham by convict labour
after Woolwich closed in 1865. It represents a significant
step forward in the development of rigid metal-framed
structures, and 'established the principal of (portal) bracing
through stiff joints',(Sutherland).
A fine group with the No.8, Machine Shop (qv), moved at the
same time from Woolwich, and the timber and metal slip covers
in Chatham Dockyard (qv).
(The Buildings of England: Newman J: West Kent and the Weald:
London: 1976-: 207; The Newcomen Society: Sutherland R J M:
Shipbuilding & the Long-Span Roof; Paper read at Science
Museum: 1989-: 16).

Listing NGR: TQ7639969945

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