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Dock Basin Walls and 6 Associated Bollards, Royal William Victualling Yard

A Grade I Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3624 / 50°21'44"N

Longitude: -4.1648 / 4°9'53"W

OS Eastings: 246122

OS Northings: 53626

OS Grid: SX461536

Mapcode National: GBR R6N.1K

Mapcode Global: FRA 2852.M9N

Plus Code: 9C2Q9R6P+X3

Entry Name: Dock Basin Walls and 6 Associated Bollards, Royal William Victualling Yard

Listing Date: 13 August 1999

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1378529

English Heritage Legacy ID: 476479

ID on this website: 101378529

Location: Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon, PL1

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Peter and the Waterfront

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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Dock basin walls and 6 associated bollards, Royal William Victualling Yard


Basin walls and bollards. c1826-32, by Sir J Rennie Jnr, for the Victualling Board. Granite ashlar and cast-iron.
PLAN: square basin with curved NW entrance. Banded rustication to dock sides and entrance, with finely detailed flights of steps either side of the opening.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: six square-section cast-iron bollards with concave sides with timber strips, and round top inscribed "FLETCHER AND YOUNG/SOUTHAMPTON/1830", to each corner of the basin and either side of the Swing Bridge (qv).
HISTORY: the Basin was intended to improve access to the Yard for incoming ships, especially during bad weather, and to reduce pilferage. There were formerly cranes along each side. With the Quay Walls each side (qv) it forms the focus, flanked by the Mill and the Brewery and with Melville behind ( qv), of the principal view of the Yard. The Yard is one of the most remarkable and complete early C19 industrial complexes in the country, and a unique English example of Neo-Classical planning of a state manufacturing site.
(Sources: Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants: The Royal William Victualling Yard, Stonehouse: 1994: 50; The Mariner's Mirror: Coad J: Historic Architecture of HM Naval Base Devonport 1689-1850: London: 1983: 382-390; Coad J: The Royal Dockyards 1690-1850: Aldershot: 1989: 282-290).

Listing NGR: SX4612253626

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