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Former Smithery, Erecting Shop and Brass Foundry, Royal Dockyard

A Grade II Listed Building in Greenwich, London

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Latitude: 51.4931 / 51°29'35"N

Longitude: 0.0481 / 0°2'53"E

OS Eastings: 542280

OS Northings: 179120

OS Grid: TQ422791

Mapcode National: GBR MP.QSG

Mapcode Global: VHHNJ.SQ9Q

Plus Code: 9F32F2VX+76

Entry Name: Former Smithery, Erecting Shop and Brass Foundry, Royal Dockyard

Listing Date: 18 November 1992

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1288807

English Heritage Legacy ID: 398684

ID on this website: 101288807

Location: North Woolwich, Greenwich, London, SE18

County: London

District: Greenwich

Electoral Ward/Division: Woolwich Riverside

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Greenwich

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Old Charlton St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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786-/7/10012 Former smithery, erecting
shop and brass foundry,
Royal Dockyard


Smithery, erecting shop and brass foundry. Erecting shop erected 1338-40 with
Smithery and brass foundry added in 1846, connected to it by glazed roof.
Designed by officers of the Royal Engineers working within the Board of
Ordnance. This was the 1st naval establishment for the installation and
repair of steanengines on steam boats (which needed regular overhauling and
replacement of parts), Woolwich being chosen because it was nearer to London's
established marine engineering industry. Erecting shop situated south of
site. This was originally the boiler shop and was converted c1843. The
erecting shop was situated near to the inner basin. Steam engines were
assembled here and installed into the ships by means of large cranes. Built
of stock brick, roofs concealed by cornices. 2 stone bands. South front has
a series of round-headed windows and 2 larger openings with stone keystones
and import blocks. End elevations have keystones and blocked lunettes.
Interior has blank arcade of round -headed arches. Smithery, built for the
manufacture of metal parts and brass foundry added to north in 1846. These
are built of stock brick with stone dressings. Smithery to west has a series
of 16 rounded-headed arches with stone keystones and impost blocks but pale
yellow brick voussoirs with round-headed openings below, most now blocked.
2 round-headed entrances. Partially glazed roof, part now covered with
asbestos sheeting. Pedimented glazed portion to left connecting with brass
foundry. Interior has cast iron tapering columns and metal roof with king
post truss. Brass foundry of 1846 built of stock brick with stone dressings
and roof now covered with asbestos sheeting. West front has 7 bays including
central 3 bays in projection under pediment with louvred oculus. Round-headed
openings, mainly blocked or with C20 windows and doorcase. North and south
elevations are of 5 bays with central full height round-headed arch with
keystone and impost blocks (now blocked in) and 4 tall round-headed openings
with C20 windows inserted.

[See the Gentleman's Magazine April 1&38 "A splendid building, called the
'Engine Factory' is nearly completed in the west dockyard, for the steam
service of the Royal Navy ...."

Parliamentary Papers XIX (1845), 173 £33,000 voted in Navy estimates for
enlargement of the steam factory. A drawing dated April 1846 for the Smithery
is at the National Maritime Building, signed by Captain Beatson.

Listing NGR: TQ4228079120

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