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Officers House Number 1 and Attached Walls and Railings, Royal William Victualling Yard

A Grade II* Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3617 / 50°21'42"N

Longitude: -4.1625 / 4°9'45"W

OS Eastings: 246281

OS Northings: 53548

OS Grid: SX462535

Mapcode National: GBR R70.JX

Mapcode Global: FRA 2852.VHK

Plus Code: 9C2Q9R6P+MX

Entry Name: Officers House Number 1 and Attached Walls and Railings, Royal William Victualling Yard

Listing Date: 13 August 1999

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1378538

English Heritage Legacy ID: 476488

ID on this website: 101378538

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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Officer's House No.1, attached walls & railings, Royal William Victualling Yard


Officer's house and attached wall, railings and ancillary buildings, now offices. c1830-32, by Sir John Rennie Jnr, for the Victualling Board. Granite ashlar with central lateral stacks each end and a slate hipped mansard roof; rubble garden walls. Late Georgian style.
PLAN: double-depth plan with central stair.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, basement and attic; 5-window range. All four sides have banded ground floor to a plat band, cornice and parapet, with basement windows set in shallow recesses, flat-headed hornless 6/6-pane sashes, with segmental-arched 3/6-pane basement sashes. NW entrance side has windowless ground floor with steps up to a central segmental-arched doorway with double doors each with 5 sunken panels and 5-pane overlight, and a 6/6-pane first-floor sash above. 5-window garden front has steps and a basement area bridge to a central half-glazed door with overlight. SE return has a single first-floor window to the rear. Roof has flat-headed lead-clad dormers with 8/8-pane sashes, 2 to front and rear and 1 to the SE end.
INTERIOR: a central dogleg stair rises to the rear with curtail and stick balusters; cornices, panelled doors and shutters.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: good attached cast-iron railings with curved bars, finials and Greek Revival details enclose the side and rear basement areas. A tall rubble wall extends approx. 30m to the SE enclosing the rear garden, and connecting to former stables, with ashlar pilaster strips and segmental-arched doors, and at the SE end carriage store with a round-arched entrance; the wall continues to the S perimeter of the site. A rear garden wall connects with the Yard perimeter wall (qv), and separates the garden from that of Officer's House No.2 (qv).
HISTORY: the navy traditionally provided accommodation for senior officers at its yards. By 1890 the residence of the Superintendent of the Stores. A pair with No.2 (qv), graded for its significance as part of Rennie's layout, in 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: 59).

Listing NGR: SX4628153548

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