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The Rotunda (Royal Artillery Museum), Greenwich

Description: The Rotunda (Royal Artillery Museum)

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 8 June 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 200360

OS Grid Reference: TQ4265078139
OS Grid Coordinates: 542650, 178139
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4842, 0.0531

Location: Green Hill, Greenwich, Greater London SE7 8BJ

Locality: Greenwich
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SE7 8BJ

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Listing Text

TQ 4278 Green Hill SE18
19/W63 (off Repositary Road)
The Rotunda (Royal Artillery

The grade shall be upgraded to grade II* (Star) and the description shall be
amended to read:-

Museum. Built 1814 by John Nash. Flemish band yellow brick; tented leaden
roof with weathervane surmounting small wooden cupola. Polygonal plan with
retangular projection to rear. One storey; 24-sided polygon, each bay defined
by raised pilaster linked by raised brick cornice and eaves band. Gauged
brick segmental arch over C20 double doors set in moulded wood architave
with bays each having gauged brick segmental arch over base-hung 27-pane
casement with reeded transom beneath fanlight. Similar articulation and
windows to flat-roofed one-storey, 2-bay rear wing which has further lxl bay
block to rear with hipped slate roof, brick stack and recessed panels to bays.
Interior: centrally-placed Doric column set on tall pedestal to roof which
has canvas tented ceiling ( a restoration of 1972 and hiding curved timber
trusses) which sweeps down to peripheral aisle of 24 pairs of columns
connected by segmental arches. History: this extraordinary building, in the
style of a spectacular bell tent, stood first in the grounds of Carlton House
Gardens where it was one of several erected for the meeting of the allied
sovereigns in 1814; in 1819 Nash supervised its removal, making it into a
permanent building with the addition of a leaden roof, brick walls and central
pillar, and conversion into a museum for the display of captured trophies.



The Rotunda
(Royal Artillery Museum)
TQ 4278 19/W63


1814. Designed by John Nash with later additions. Transferred from St James's
Park in 1819. Tent-shaped building, polygonal with 24 bays, in yellow stock
brick, tle bays defined by flat pilasters. Brick frieze and plinth. In alternate
bays- pivoted windows with glazing bars, under cornice heads with radial bars
above, and gauged, segmental brick arches over. Swept, leaded roof, rising high
in centre to octagonal wood cupola and vane. Inside its original rope supports
remain. Deep eaves soffit under moulded cornice. 1-storey, 2-window rear extension
with flat roof and windows as in main building; and a further low, 1-storey exten-
sion with hipped end to low pitched slated roof. Inside, a surrounding aisle
of reeded Doric columns supporting segmental vaulted bays. Tall, central Doric
column on plinth (a later addition) supports peak of roof.

Listing NGR: TQ4265078139

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Source: English Heritage

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