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Latitude: 50.391 / 50°23'27"N
Longitude: -4.1847 / 4°11'4"W
OS Eastings: 244799
OS Northings: 56845
OS Grid: SX447568
Mapcode National: GBR R3B.RN
Mapcode Global: FRA 2830.KHY
Entry Name: Hms Drake St Nicholas Road Raleigh Block
Listing Date: 8 July 1998
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1386374
English Heritage Legacy ID: 473759
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
SX45NW SALTASH ROAD, Devonport
740-1/4/173 (West side)
08/07/98 HMS Drake: St Nicholas Road, Raleigh
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 end 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 partly below ground level at the higher end);
symmetrical 2:3:2-bay ends which are principal entrance fronts
with central doorways and pairs of flanking 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
parapets. The long ranges set back between have pedimented
hoods on brackets to 1st floor and consoles resembling
machicolations above 2nd-floor windows.
INTERIOR: not inspected, but noted as having large dormitories
with end corner washrooms and central stairs.
HISTORY: part of the second phase of construction of HMS
Drake; 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. Built to a common design, HMS Drake was the only
one of ashlar.
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: SX4479956845
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