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Timber Seasoning Store, South

A Grade II* Listed Building in Gillingham, Medway

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Latitude: 51.3955 / 51°23'43"N

Longitude: 0.5297 / 0°31'46"E

OS Eastings: 576080

OS Northings: 169313

OS Grid: TQ760693

Mapcode National: GBR PPP.GQ8

Mapcode Global: VHJLV.46C0

Plus Code: 9F329GWH+6V

Entry Name: Timber Seasoning Store, South

Listing Date: 13 August 1999

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1378619

English Heritage Legacy ID: 476572

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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Listing Text

(East side) Chatham Dockyard
Timber seasoning store, South


Timber seasoning store. Designed 1771. Weatherboarded timber frame on brick plinth with corrugated asbestos roof. Rectangular plan.
EXTERIOR: single storey; 9-gable roof. Regular range has double doors in the gables, louvred above, and slatted sides with 5 metal-framed windows.
INTERIOR: 3 bays wide with bracketed posts, with racks for stacking sawn timber, and timber trusses.
HISTORY: introduced on the orders of the Earl of Sandwich because of the problem of using green timber in the Navy's ships, which was incurring massive expenditure on maintenance. The Navy Board produced a notably early example of a modular design, many of which were built at the Navy's yards. Most were obsolete by 1860, and the two at Chatham are the last to survive, (see Timber seasoning store, North (qv)).
(Sources: Coad J: Historic Architecture of Chatham Dockyard 1700-1850: London: 1982: 155 ; Coad J: The Royal Dockyards 1690-1850: Aldershot: 1989: 127 -129).

Listing NGR: TQ7608069313

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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