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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: THE ROYAL DOCKYARD CHURCH

List entry Number: 1268203

Location

THE ROYAL DOCKYARD CHURCH, MAIN GATE ROAD

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
MedwayUnitary Authority

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 24-May-1971

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Feb-2011

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 462105

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762-1/1/74 MAIN GATE ROAD 24-MAY-71 CHATHAM DOCKYARD (South side) THE ROYAL DOCKYARD CHURCH MAIN GATE ROAD CHATHAM DOCKYARD (South side) THE ROYAL DOCKYARD CHURCH

II* Church. 1808-1811 by Edward Holl, architect for the Navy Board. Late Georgian Classical Style.

MATERIALS: brick with stone dressings and a slate roof, internal cast-iron members.

PLAN: rectangular plan.

EXTERIOR: two storeys and basement; three-bay east end. The wide pedimented ends have recessed outer bays, with plat band and eaves cornice all round. The east end has a central Venetian window, and outer segmental-arched ground-floor windows and first-floor round-arched windows set in matching recesses; metal framed windows. Six-bay north and south sides with windows as the end outer bays. West end of five bays, with a central doorway with moulded surround and bracketed cornice, to double doors each with eight raised panels, and lower outer doorways with architraves and pulvinated frieze and cornice, to eight-panel doors, and intermediate segmental-arched windows; upper windows as the sides, with an oculus in the pediment. INTERIOR: a largely complete interior has a gallery on three sides on reeded cast-iron columns and the Royal Coat of Arms to the centre, panelled wainscot and gallery; panelled plaster ceiling; decorated east window with gilded Corinthian capitals. Wide timber roof trusses with queen and prince posts. Most of the original fittings replaced: C19 benches to the gallery, and a good late C19 octagonal pulpit with an iron rail to curved steps, turned posts to the corners and arched panels.

HISTORY: before the construction of the Chapel, employees used the local church or converted hulks moored at the quay. Notable for its plan modelled on Non-conformist chapels, as are the dockyard chapels at Portsmouth and Sheerness (qqv), and occupying a strong position facing the entrance to the Yard. Contains the earliest use of structural cast-iron in a royal dockyard. An important part of a complete Georgian dockyard.

SOURCES: Newman, J, Buildings of England: West Kent and the Weald (1976) p 205; Coad, J, Historic Architecture of Chatham Dockyard 1700-1850 (1982) p 169; Coad, J, Historic Architecture of the Royal Navy (1983), p 117; Coad, J, The Royal Dockyards 1690-1850 (1989) p 27-28.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The Royal Dockyard Church is designated at Grade II* for the following principal reasons: * architectural interest: early-C19 dockyard church notable for its plan modelled on non-conformist chapels and largely complete interior; * historical interest: as a part of the world's most complete example of an historic dockyard from the age of sail and early steam; * technological innovation: earliest use of structural cast-iron in a royal dockyard.

Selected Sources

  1. Book  Reference - Author: Coad, J - Title: Historic Architecture of Chatham Dockyard 1700-1850 - Date: 1982 - Page References: 169
  2. Book  Reference - Author: Coad, J - Title: Historic Architecture of the Royal Navy - Date: 1983 - Page References: 117
  3. Book  Reference - Author: Newman, J - Title: The Buildings of England: West Kent and the Weald - Date: 1976 - Page References: 205

National Grid Reference: TQ 75897 68975

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