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Hms Drake Howard Building

A Grade II Listed Building in Devonport, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3903 / 50°23'25"N

Longitude: -4.1815 / 4°10'53"W

OS Eastings: 245022

OS Northings: 56764

OS Grid: SX450567

Mapcode National: GBR R3W.8T

Mapcode Global: FRA 2840.DRX

Entry Name: Hms Drake Howard Building

Listing Date: 8 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386369

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473754

Location: 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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(West side)
HMS Drake: Howard Building


Officer's accommodation, now administration block. 1879-86,
Superintendent Engineer Lt-Col P Smith, RE; extended to SW
MATERIALS: rusticated Plymouth limestone to basement,
otherwise limestone brought to course and with limestone
dressings; dry slate mansard roof behind parapet with 3
pilastered and segmental-pedimented dormer windows and roof
hidden behind balustraded parapets of flanking attic storeys.
Free Classical style.
PLAN: articulated rectangular plan plus small plan projection
to centre of each end.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys plus attic, or attic storey, over
basement; symmetrical 1:3:1-bay front. Keyed segmental arches
and band to basement, sill string above and pilasters dividing
bays; mid-floor entablature plus roundelled balconies on
shaped brackets; architraves to openings, moulded hoods on
consoles above French windows and moulded parapet entablature;
3-bay attic storeys with pilasters dividing bays and side bays
blind. Original 12-pane horned sashes and French windows and
original panelled doors to central doorway surmounted by
segmental pediment on shaped brackets. Other elevation with
similar detail where inspected.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
HISTORY: this was the original officer's accommodation when
the barracks was first occupied. They moved into the Wardroom
(qv) when it was completed in 1902. Sailors lived in hulks
until their first barracks were built here at Devonport, then
Chatham and Portsmouth. They followed the same designs, but
HMS Drake was the only one built in ashlar. Part of one of the
finest and most complete barracks complex 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: SX4497756719

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