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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
Entry Name: Boilershop
Listing Date: 6 June 1984
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1267821
English Heritage Legacy ID: 462556
Location: Medway, ME4
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
TQ7669NW DOCK HEAD ROAD, Chatham Dockyard
686-1/1/56 (South side)
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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