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Hms Drake, Drake House and Attached Walls and Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Devonport, City of Plymouth

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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

Plus Code: 9C2Q9RQ9+RQ

Entry Name: Hms Drake, Drake House and Attached Walls and Railings

Listing Date: 8 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386366

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473751

Location: Devonport, Plymouth, PL2

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Devonport

Parish: Non Civil Parish

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

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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
panelled doors.
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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