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Hms Excellent: Drill Shed (Building Number 190)

A Grade II Listed Building in Portsmouth, City of Portsmouth

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Latitude: 50.8153 / 50°48'54"N

Longitude: -1.0946 / 1°5'40"W

OS Eastings: 463878

OS Northings: 102137

OS Grid: SU638021

Mapcode National: GBR VQG.GF

Mapcode Global: FRA 86LY.9C0

Plus Code: 9C2WRW84+44

Entry Name: Hms Excellent: Drill Shed (Building Number 190)

Listing Date: 8 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1387270

English Heritage Legacy ID: 475202

Location: Nelson, Portsmouth, PO2

County: City of Portsmouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Nelson

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Portsmouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Portsea St Saviour

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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774-1/3/467 HMS Excellent: Drill shed (Building
08/07/98 No.190)


Naval drill hall, gunnery school. Dated 1892. Red brick in
English bond with brighter-red brick arches and ashlar
dressings; corrugated-iron roof.
PLAN/EXTERIOR: large rectangular structure of one storey, 3 x
19 bays, open on north side (onto Parade Ground). Chamfered
plinth; giant brick pilasters flanking recessed panels and
linked by stepped eaves bands. End elevations each have
projecting central bay with wide round-arched entrance
containing double door below tympanum of diagonally-laid
brickwork, imposts, keystone with fouled anchor (and date at
west end) rising into brick band; above, oculus with radial
glazing bars; pedimented gable flanked by swept brackets and
with ashlar coping and ball-on-spire finial; to flanking bays,
blind segmental-arched windows. South elevation: small-pane
metal windows in segmental-arched openings, the bays defined
by buttresses with offset heads. North elevation:
square-columned arcade, each bay having 9-light glazed head.
Full-length ridge clerestory with louvres.
INTERIOR: a wide-span roof of tensile trusses made of diagonal
wrought-iron ties from a canted cross tie to angle iron
principals, and braces of paired flat iron.
HISTORY: the first barracks were built here in 1863 as part of
the naval gunnery school. A large hall for indoor drill
practice, comparable with the large examples at the main naval
barracks at Plymouth and Chatham and included for its historic
technical interest.
(The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy: Oxford:
1995-: 255).

Listing NGR: SU6377602639

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