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Royal Navy Detention Quarters (Building Number 2/44), Portsmouth

Description: Royal Navy Detention Quarters (Building Number 2/44)

Grade: II
Date Listed: 13 August 1999
English Heritage Building ID: 476631

OS Grid Reference: SU6356300649
OS Grid Coordinates: 463563, 100649
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8019, -1.0994

Location: Anchor Gate, Portsmouth PO1 3PX

Locality: Portsmouth
County: Portsmouth
Country: England
Postcode: PO1 3PX

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Listing Text

(Southwest side)
HM Naval Base
774-1/8/184 R.N Detention Quarters
(Building No. 2/44)


Military, then naval, prison. c1834; bomb-damaged c1940 with subsequent rebuilding. Red brick in Flemish bond; concealed roof. PLAN: axial plan of central full-height aisle with cells opening off. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and basement. 18 bays, the NE and 5 SW bays rebuilt after bomb damage. Small segmental-arched windows with small-paned glazing, projecting sills, and some with bars. Large air vents with stone lintels and sills and perforated covers. Second-floor band; eaves band below concrete-coped parapet; gabled ridge sky-light; conical roof vents. North-west side: at left .end, entrance- with metal grille formerly giving access to a small open court now an entrance porch. South-east side: at left end, basement door and window (further basement windows below present ground level). T o right, a single-storey ablutions block, reroofed and added to. Gable ends each have a louvred segmental- arched vent to the roof skylight; at south-west end a door with iron gate.
INTERIOR: two sets of iron stairs with octagonal newels up to cantilevered cast-iron galleries which run around 1st and 2nd floors, with 3 open wells on each floor and cross-braced balustrades (some balustrading and stairs renewed). Cells: some heavy nail-studded wooden doors survive; each has wooden shelf, hammock hooks, and floor and ceiling vent. Cell no. R4 retains old graffiti, including the date 1864 and the name of someone from HMS Warrior. HISTORY: a relatively intact example of an early C19 detention block. Maintenance records for the building go back to 1834.

Listing NGR: SU6299200361

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Source: English Heritage

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