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Latitude: 50.3896 / 50°23'22"N
Longitude: -4.1805 / 4°10'49"W
OS Eastings: 245091
OS Northings: 56684
OS Grid: SX450566
Mapcode National: GBR R41.9W
Mapcode Global: FRA 2840.M4H
Entry Name: Hms Drake, Drake House and Attached Walls and Railings
Listing Date: 8 July 1998
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1386366
English Heritage Legacy ID: 473751
Location: Plymouth, PL2
County: City of Plymouth
Electoral Ward/Division: Devonport
Built-Up Area: Plymouth
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Plymouth St Peter and the Holy Apostles
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX4556NW SALTASH ROAD, Devonport
740-1/32/166 (West side)
08/07/98 HMS Drake: Drake House and attached
walls & railings
Commodore's house, including attached porch on road frontage
and flanking walls and iron railings. 1887, Superintendent
Engineer Lt-Col P Smith RE. Plymouth limestone brought to
course and with limestone dressings; steep dry slate roofs
with projecting eaves and decorated barge boards, very steep
roof over tower; stone axial, gable and lateral stacks with
moulded cornices. Baronial Gothic style and some Classical
detail. Irregular plan.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys plus attic; irregular 3-bay entrance
front. On the left is a square 3-storey tower with sill string
to 2nd floor and moulded parapet entablature; paired lights to
upper floors and central window to ground floor. Projecting
gabled bay right of tower has double-transomed 3-light windows
to upper floors and side walls ramped flanking balcony with
cast-iron balustrade and with moulded cornice over projecting
ground floor. Right-hand bay has canted attic dormer window
over 1st-floor window and L-plan porch to ground floor, a
lean-to returned to front and to stuccoed road frontage
entrance with stepped tripartite doorway with triangular
pediment over central doorway to porch and flanking moulded
courtyard doorways, all with moulded hoods, and rusticated
terminal piers with plinths, moulded entablature and rounded
Other elevations with various details on the theme of the
front. Original windows, mostly horned sashes and original
INTERIOR: not inspected.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: Plymouth limestone road-frontage walls
with dressed plinths and copings surmounted by wrought-iron
railings with trident finials between turned cast-iron
HISTORY: a building unique to naval barracks, and a striking
and original composition. Forms part of the navy's first
barracks for sailors, one of the finest and most complete
barracks in the country, manifesting the status and importance
of the Royal Navy at this time.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:
Listing NGR: SX4509156684
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