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Mount Stuart Graving Dock No.1

A Grade II Listed Building in Butetown, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.4622 / 51°27'43"N

Longitude: -3.1665 / 3°9'59"W

OS Eastings: 319058

OS Northings: 174338

OS Grid: ST190743

Mapcode National: GBR KLT.YS

Mapcode Global: VH6FF.2HCX

Entry Name: Mount Stuart Graving Dock No.1

Listing Date: 20 August 1992

Last Amended: 21 August 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14048

Building Class: Maritime

Location: Former Mountstuart Shiprepairing Yard is between Stuart Street and Dudley Street. Graving Dock No 1. is the eastmost dock of the group of 3 dry docks in the yard.

County: Cardiff

Community: Butetown

Community: Butetown

Locality: Inner Harbour Area

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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This dock may encorporate parts of the dock shown on the 1st Edition OS Map, surveyed 1876-78, but was later altered and extended to the SE.


Dry dock of approximately 130m long by 22m wide. Sea walls of dock in massive blocks of grey-brown stone with granite copings. Stepped walls of dock (not quite parallel) in finely-jointed snecked reddish stone, some repairs/alterations in concrete. Two sets of steps built into NE wall, and one set of steps built in to SW wall, with metal handrails. NW end of dock extends beneath concrete bridge. The outer end of the dock is stepped up form the dock proper, with concrete flooring. Dock gates metal, clad in vertical boarding on the seaward side, with depth scale, and with railed, wooden walkway. Gates operated by chains hauled by manual cast-iron winches with plate metal housings approximately one metre high, each side of dock entrance. To NE side of entrance, capstans and bollards. Further row of capstans and bollards parallel to NE side of dock, approximately 6 metres from dockside.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as part of a group of 3 dry docks important to history of port and shipping at Cardiff. Group value.

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