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Chatham in Kent County, England, United Kingdom
 

No. 1 Smithery, 1808

 
 
No. 1 Smithery, 1808 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
1. No. 1 Smithery, 1808 Marker
Inscription.
No.1 Smithery, 1808
Scheduled Ancient Monument

In 1805 the Dockyard Officers petitioned the Navy Board for a new Smithery at Chatham to replace an earlier and smaller 18th century Smiths' Shop as a result of the "great introduction of iron work in Building and repair of Ships.”

The work was given to Edward Holl, the Navy Board architect, and built between 1806-08. It is now the most complete example of a smithery from the age of sail to survive in a dockyard.

During the mid-19th century the use of iron in shipbuilding increased dramatically and the building was adapted and extended to provide space for new workshops and steam powered tools. Nasmyth steam hammers, rivet making machines and a large frame bending floor were all introduced. No.1 Smithery remained in use until 1974.

Today No.1 Smithery houses collections from Royal Museums Greenwich and Imperial War Museums, as well as the Historic Dockyard's temporary exhibition gallery.
 
Location. 51° 23.778′ N, 0° 31.73′ E. Marker is in Chatham, England, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Western Avenue and Main Gate Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in Historic Dockyard Chatham. Marker is in this post office area: Chatham, England ME4 4TZ, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers.
No. 1 Smithery Building beyond the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
2. No. 1 Smithery Building beyond the Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 30 CWT ‘Cochrane’ Steam Hammer (within shouting distance of this marker); Propeller, RFA Reliant, c.1954 (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Hammer, 1955 (within shouting distance of this marker); Plate Bending Rolls, 1913 (within shouting distance of this marker); Timber Seasoning Sheds, 1774 (within shouting distance of this marker); No. 3 Covered Slip, 1838 (within shouting distance of this marker); Mast Houses & Mould Loft (within shouting distance of this marker); North Mast Pond, 1702 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). 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.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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