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Latitude: 50.8172 / 50°49'1"N
Longitude: -1.0949 / 1°5'41"W
OS Eastings: 463857
OS Northings: 102351
OS Grid: SU638023
Mapcode National: GBR VQF.1M
Mapcode Global: FRA 86LY.37Z
Entry Name: Hms Excellent: Quarterdeck Block (Buildings Numbers 17 to 21,24 and 25)
Listing Date: 8 July 1998
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1387271
English Heritage Legacy ID: 475203
Location: Portsmouth, PO2
County: City of Portsmouth
Electoral Ward/Division: Nelson
Built-Up Area: Portsmouth
Traditional County: Hampshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire
Church of England Parish: Portsea St Saviour
Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth
SU60SW WHALE ISLAND
774-1/3/468 HMS Excellent: Quarterdeck Block
08/07/98 (Buildings Nos.17-21, 24 & 25)
Church of St Barbara, church rooms, gym, lecture theatre and
warrant officers' wardroom at Naval Gunnery School. 1885, the
wardroom added 1893; later alterations. Red brick in English
bond with ashlar dressings. Welsh slate roofs.
PLAN: roughly I-shaped plan with a central gym, flanking
theatre and chapel, and wider end offices and mess.
EXTERIOR: (6:3:6 bays) with end cross-wings: wardroom on left
of 2 storeys with paired gables; church rooms on right of 1
storey with attic, 2 gabled bays, that on right projecting
further and with porch set in angle. Chamfered plinth; offset
buttresses between bays; stepped eaves; ashlar coping.
Small-pane windows with continuous ashlar sills and lintels,
transomed and with dripmoulds to gym and ground floor of
cross-wings; paired 2-light windows to hall and church.
Caernarvon-arched board doors.
Central range: central section (gym) has central square bay
window with cornice and blocking course, surmounted by large
Royal Coat of Arms. Windows of 3 x 3 lights rising through
eaves under gablets. Central clock tower with swept metal
base; pedimented wooden architrave to clock face on each side;
and ogee metal roof with decorative iron weather-vane.
Slightly lower flanking sections have end doors below 3-light
windows; roofs half-hipped at outer ends; and central ridge
louvres with ogee caps, that over hall with metal finial, that
over church with cross- finial.
Rear: similar with some C20 additions. Tall ribbed brick
stacks with ashlar blocking courses. Porch to church.
Projecting from centre of gym, lower square block with large
chimney; pyramidal roof; and central pyramidal-roofed and
finialed louvre. Left return (wardroom): 2-storey porch;
entrance on left; transomed windows with dripmoulds.
INTERIOR: church has panelled dado; round-arched sanctuary
recess; braced wooden queen post roof trusses; at north end
tripartite wooden 1st World War Memorial with taller central
section having engraving of battleships at sea surmounted by
portrait of Rear Admiral Hood and biblical text. Gym:
board-lined roof with similar roof trusses; framed wooden
sub-structure to clock tower.
HISTORY: the permanent gunnery school on Whale Island was
built by convicts on reclaimed land with spoil from the
dockyard extension. Though architecturally conservative, the
Quarterdeck Block is a unique example of military planning,
including these 5 separate functions in a single imposing
(The Oxford Illustrated History of The Royal Navy: Oxford:
Listing NGR: SU6377602639
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