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Chatham in Kent, England, United Kingdom
 

The Clocktower Building

 
 
The Clocktower Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
1. The Clocktower Building Marker
Inscription.  
The Clocktower Building, 1723
Scheduled Ancient Monument

The oldest naval store-house to survive in any of the Royal Dockyards. The Clocktower Building was constructed at the head of the docks as a 'present use store' for materials and equipment needed by ships under construction or repair. These would include iron, lead, copper, oakum, pitch and tar. The top floor was used as a Mould Loft and the six ground floor bays at the north end of the building were left open and used as sawpits.

The store was rebuilt in 1802 when the original timber cladding was replaced with a brick skin, while the saw pits were filled in. In the twentieth century it was converted into offices.

Today the Clocktower Building has been adapted for the University of Kent's School of Music and Fine Art. It houses a small lecture theatre, seminar rooms and offices.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 51° 23.676′ N, 0° 31.635′ E. Marker is in Chatham
The Clocktower Building image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
2. The Clocktower Building
, England, in Kent. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Western Avenue and Main Gate Road, on the left when traveling north. Located in Historic Dockyard Chatham. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chatham, England ME4 4TZ, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. No. 2 Dry Dock, 1856 (a few steps from this marker); No. 1 Machine Shop 1861; Armour Plate Shop 1865 (a few steps from this marker); The Victory Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Single Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); H.M.S. Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); HMS Cavalier, 1944 (within shouting distance of this marker); First World War 100th Anniversary (within shouting distance of this marker); The Destroyer Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Chatham Dockyard Historical Society. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. Chatham Dockyard on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
4. University of Kent. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
5. University of Kent on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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