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Latitude: 50.3908 / 50°23'26"N
Longitude: -4.1819 / 4°10'54"W
OS Eastings: 245001
OS Northings: 56824
OS Grid: SX450568
Mapcode National: GBR R3T.V4
Mapcode Global: FRA 2840.DND
Entry Name: Hms Drake Frobisher Block Right of Main Entrance
Listing Date: 8 July 1998
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1386368
English Heritage Legacy ID: 473753
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
740-1/32/165 (West side)
08/07/98 HMS Drake: Frobisher Block right of
Commodore's office. 1879-86. Supervised by Engineer Lt-Colonel
P Smith RE. Dressed Plymouth limestone brought to course; dry
slate roof behind parapet with moulded entablature and plain
end copings; end, axial and lateral stacks, all with moulded
entablature. Free Classical style.
PLAN: very long rectangular plan plus small pay office wing at
road front plus full-length verandahs to both fronts, the
inner verandah later glazed.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys; 4:1:2:8-bay 14-window range to inner
front, other front similar but with central wing with louvred
roof. Original 12-pane horned sashes. The original cast-iron
downpipes feed into the stanchions, with Composite capitals,
of the verandah. Doorways have segmental arches over pairs of
doors with bolection-moulded panels; overlights. The parapet
entablature returns at the ends to give the effect of
INTERIOR: not inspected.
HISTORY: sailors lived in hulks until their first barracks
were built here at Devonport, then at Chatham and Portsmouth.
These followed a similar design, although HMS Drake was built
from ashlar. Part of the initial phase of construction, and
part of one of the finest and most complete barrack complexes
in England, manifesting the status and importance of the Royal
Navy at this time.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:
655 & 656).
Listing NGR: SX4500156824
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