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Enclosure Walls and Piers to Sw of Buildings 17, 25, 26 and 27, Rnad Bull Point

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.3985 / 50°23'54"N

Longitude: -4.2038 / 4°12'13"W

OS Eastings: 243465

OS Northings: 57723

OS Grid: SX434577

Mapcode National: GBR R06.R3

Mapcode Global: FRA 272Z.XRY

Entry Name: Enclosure Walls and Piers to Sw of Buildings 17, 25, 26 and 27, Rnad Bull Point

Listing Date: 17 April 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393250

English Heritage Legacy ID: 500702

Location: Plymouth, PL5

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Budeaux

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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Listing Text


740-1/0/10045 BULL POINT
17-APR-09 Enclosure walls and piers to SW of Bui
ldings 17, 25, 26 and 27, RNAD Bull Po
int

GV II

Walls and gatepiers at ordnance store. 1851-4. Plymouth limestone squared rubble and ashlar piers. The walls bound the magazine enclosure, the magazines and associated traverse walls being a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Wall with capped piers, with gateways at N and S ends. The altered gateway at the S end has a smaller segmental-arched pedestrian doorway with raised granite surround to one side, the lintel inscribed B(oard) O(rdnance).

HISTORY: This wall encloses the magazines (Scheduled Ancient Monument) at Bull Point, located just to the north of the Royal Navy's new Steam Yard at Keyham. Bull Point 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.

Reasons for Listing

These walls form an integral part of 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.

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