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Hms Drake St Nicholas Road Grenville Block

A Grade II Listed Building in Devonport, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3913 / 50°23'28"N

Longitude: -4.1843 / 4°11'3"W

OS Eastings: 244828

OS Northings: 56881

OS Grid: SX448568

Mapcode National: GBR R3D.X9

Mapcode Global: FRA 2830.KN6

Plus Code: 9C2Q9RR8+G7

Entry Name: Hms Drake St Nicholas Road Grenville Block

Listing Date: 8 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386373

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473758

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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740-1/4/172 (West side)
08/07/98 HMS Drake: St Nicholas Road,
Grenville Block


Large barrack, one of 3 similar blocks. 1901, Superintendent
Engineer Lt-Col P Smith, RE.
MATERIALS: dressed Plymouth limestone brought to course and
with limestone dressings; slate or asbestos slate roof behind
parapets with moulded cornices to sides, and to projecting
blocks, and behind pedimented gables with flanking panelled
stone stacks with moulded entablature.
STYLE: Free Classical.
PLAN: overall rectangular plan plus projecting corner wings
and central wings to sides.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, over basement on the lower ground [the
ground floor is slightly below ground level at the higher
end]; symmetrical 2:3:2-bay ends which are principal entrance
fronts with central doorways flanked by pairs of windows;
doorways at slightly irregular intervals also to 2:8:2:8:2-bay
sides. Mid-floor moulded entablature; entrance fronts have
keyed segmental arches to ground floor and pediments to centre
of wings; keyed round arches to recessed pilastered openings
to 1st floor and flat heads with pediments to 2nd floor.
Returns of the corner blocks have similar detail to the
fronts. The central wings of the sides have rock-faced
pilasters dividing the bays and triangular pediments to the
The long ranges set back between have pedimented hoods on
brackets to 1st floor and consoles resembling machicolations
above 2nd-floor windows. Original horned sashes with glazing
bars an panelled doors.
INTERIOR: not inspected, but noted as having large
dormitories, with end corner washrooms and central stairs.
HISTORY: part of the second phase of construction; in their
plan the barracks followed the pavilion principle, better
known for hospitals. They were originally fitted with
hammocks. Sailors lived in hulks until their first barracks
were built, here at Devonport, then Chatham and Portsmouth.
HMS Drake was the only one built of ashlar. Part 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: SX4482856881

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