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The Camber at Rnad Bull Point

A Grade II Listed Building in St Budeaux, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3993 / 50°23'57"N

Longitude: -4.2046 / 4°12'16"W

OS Eastings: 243411

OS Northings: 57816

OS Grid: SX434578

Mapcode National: GBR R02.F8

Mapcode Global: FRA 272Z.XCY

Entry Name: The Camber at Rnad Bull Point

Listing Date: 17 April 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393248

English Heritage Legacy ID: 497773

Location: Plymouth, PL5

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Budeaux

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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740-1/0/895 RNAD BULL POINT
17-APR-09 The Camber at RNAD Bull Point

Walls enclosing wet dock. 1851-4, designed by the Commanding Royal Engineer, Devonport, for the Board of Ordnance. Granite ashlar with granite coping, limestone to inner face. Walls form four sides of dock with central opening to the W. Seaward face and top of granite, with deep bull nose moulding to upper surface.

HISTORY: Bull Point, located just to the north of the Royal Navy's new Steam Yard at Keyham, was the last great project of the Board of Ordnance, which was abolished in 1856. It provided storage for 40,000 barrels of powder in an integrated complex including a floating magazine where powder was unloaded and the 1805 St Budeaux laboratory where it was checked and processed, before being taken to the Bull Point magazines (SAM). In contrast to other yards, Bull Point was from the outset provided with a set of buildings planned and dedicated to the various functions for the processing as well as the storage of the new types of ordnance which had a revolutionary impact on the design of naval ships and fortifications. All the buildings - mostly in ashlar with rock-faced dressings and fronting an avenue to the S of the magazines - are stylistically coherent with the magazines themselves. They comprise both the finest ensemble in any of the Ordnance Yards, consistent with the high standards practised by the Ordnance Board in its designs for fortifications and barracks from the C17 and a remarkable example of integrated factory planning of the period.

For a full history of the site, see Building 13 (qv).

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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