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Main Gate and Perimeter Walls, Marine Gate

A Grade II Listed Building in Portsmouth, City of Portsmouth

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Latitude: 50.7852 / 50°47'6"N

Longitude: -1.0575 / 1°3'27"W

OS Eastings: 466534

OS Northings: 98824

OS Grid: SZ665988

Mapcode National: GBR VXC.MF

Mapcode Global: FRA 87N0.KV6

Plus Code: 9C2WQWPR+3X

Entry Name: Main Gate and Perimeter Walls, Marine Gate

Listing Date: 25 September 1972

Last Amended: 18 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1387089

English Heritage Legacy ID: 474505

Location: Eastney and Craneswater, Portsmouth, PO4

County: City of Portsmouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Eastney and Craneswater

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Portsmouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Milton St James

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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774-1/27/152 (East side)
25/09/72 Main Gate and perimeter walls,
Marine Gate
(Formerly Listed as:
Walls and main gate of Eastney
Barracks facing Cromwell Road)


Main gate and defensible perimeter walls to RM Eastney
Barracks. 1862-7, by William Scamp, for the Admiralty Works
Department; converted 1995. Flint, red brick and ashlar. Walls
define a rectangular plot, with main gate at mid-point in west
wall, east wall broken by two C20 roads, and on south side
only a short stretch of wall (approx 15 metres long) at either
end terminating in a large square pier. Main gate has banded
brick piers each with ashlar hanging style and frieze below
pedimented capstone which supports large iron lamp standard
with finialed rounded cap. To either side, brick wall has
pedestrian archway; eaves frieze and plain cornice continued
from pier; and outward pointing ashlar mortar. Rest of wall is
of flint rubble with red brick bands, quoined pilaster strips
and stepped rounded coping; horizontal gun apertures with
stone lintels at approx 1 metre intervals. The terminating
piers of south wall have quadrant steps up to a round archway
on inner face; slits to north and south faces; band below
massive, roll moulded stepped pyramidal capstone; and to the
west pier a low screen wall, formerly surmounted by inward
pointing ashlar mortar and pile of mortar balls (removed
HISTORY: the walls formed the perimeter to the former Marines
barracks, illustrating the defensible nature of the barracks.
This is probably the last large defensible barracks built in
the country, designed against an external threat, rather than
for the more usual civil order duties. Part of the best and
most complete barracks of the post-Crimean war period.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N & Lloyd D: Hampshire and
the Isle of Wight: Harmondsworth: 1967-: 429; PSA Drawings
Collection, NMR, Swindon: 1862-1865: PTM/2275-2383).

Listing NGR: SZ6658898977

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