Waterbodies & Maritime => Chatham Dockyard => Topic started by: cliveh on August 04, 2011, 08:49:54

Title: The Guard House. Built 1764
Post by: cliveh on August 04, 2011, 08:49:54
This handsome, single-storey, colonnaded building was in built in 1764 to house the Marine guards who were resposible for Dockyard security. They had been brought in to replace civilian watchmen and warders in an effort to reduce thefts from the Yard which had become a major problem.

According to Jonathan Coad's booklet "The Historic Architecture of Chatham Dockyard", the original colonnade was made of timber and replaced in 1815 by the present cast-irin columns which were manufactured by Messrs Sturges & Co.

I believe that they were used in later years as recreation rooms for the Dockyard Police but I stand to be corrected.

(http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg182/cliveinkent/Chatham%2020-07-2011/DSC03970GuardHouse.jpg)

cliveh
Title: Re: The Guard House. Built 1764
Post by: bromptonboy on August 05, 2011, 10:24:44
I recall these in the 1960's and 1970's being used as Dockyard Police admin offices. It would appear that the collonade style was used for a number of police/guardroom type buildings. Have a look at the guardroom at the end of Anchor Wharf, and also at the now demolished building close to the figurehead and flagmast at the entrance into the Naval section of Gun Wharf as shown in the Gun Wharf thread.
Title: Re: The Guard House. Built 1764
Post by: cliveh on August 05, 2011, 11:26:56
Thanks bromptonboy - I'll take a look next times I'm across there.  :)

cliveh
Title: Re: The Guard House. Built 1764
Post by: kyn on January 27, 2014, 16:31:37
Chatham Dockyard.  Alterations to Police Cells near Main Gate 1883.
Title: Re: The Guard House. Built 1764
Post by: kyn on February 05, 2014, 08:48:32
Two more plans