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Former Admirals Offices and Forecourt Walls and Attached Iron Railings

A Grade II* Listed Building in Gillingham, Medway

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Latitude: 51.3941 / 51°23'38"N

Longitude: 0.5271 / 0°31'37"E

OS Eastings: 575907

OS Northings: 169145

OS Grid: TQ759691

Mapcode National: GBR PPP.G31

Mapcode Global: VHJLV.3704

Plus Code: 9F329GVG+JR

Entry Name: Former Admirals Offices and Forecourt Walls and Attached Iron Railings

Listing Date: 24 May 1971

Last Amended: 21 November 1996

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1268199

English Heritage Legacy ID: 462100

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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(South side) Chatham Dockyard
Former Admiral's Offices and
forecourt walls and attached
iron railings


Offices. 1809, by Edward Holl, architect for the Navy Board. Brick with stone dressings and 4 brick axial stacks and a slate roof. Late Georgian style. PLAN: double-depth with a central axial passage, rear wing and mid-late C19 N extension. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys; 6: 15-window range. A symmetrical range with left-hand section set back; plinth, plat band and moulded eaves cornice, with a central pedimented 5-window section set forward with a Royal cartouche in the pediment, and distinctive wide round ground-floor 3-light bays at each end with cornices. An ashlar porch has curved steps up each side to flat-headed doorways, panelled corners, cornice and blocking course, and a central round-arched window. Rubbed brick flat arches to 6/6-pane recessed sashes, with similar windows to the left-hand end. Right-hand return 6-window range with single-storey porch with half-glazed door and sunken panel above, with carved timber herms each side with skewed Ionic capitals and a bust and furled flags to the top. Left-hand extension with similar windows with a round-arched doorway with double doors and large fanlight. INTERIOR: large entrance hall divided by 2 Doric columns to antae, with round-arched doorways each side to axial passages between end doorways, giving on to front and rear offices, and a rear stone dogleg stair with cast-iron stick balusters, curtail and wreathed rail, lit by a lantern; 6-panel doors with panelled reveals and moulded cornices.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached low front forecourt walls and iron railings to the entrance steps.
HISTORY: replaced a 1750 office, and to the same plan as the 1780$ South Office Block at Portsmouth (qv). An early specialist office building in a national context, indicative of the complexity of administration produced by the scale of the early C19 Yard, and forming part of a fine and remarkably complete assemblage of Georgian naval buildings.
(Sources: Coad J: Historic Architecture of Chatham Dockyard 1700-1850: London: 1982: 173 ; Coad J: The Royal Dockyards 1690-1850: Aldershot: 1989: 47; MacDougall P: The Chatham Dockyard Story: Rainham: 1987: 166; The Buildings of England: Newman J: West Kent & the Weald: London:1976:206)

Listing NGR: TQ7591369157

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