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Timber Seasoning Sheds, 1774

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
1. Timber Seasoning Sheds, 1774 Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  
Timber-Seasoning Sheds, 1774
Scheduled Ancient Monument

In May 1771 the Earl of Sandwich and other Commissioners of the Admiralty Board visited Chatham and were shown how ships built with improperly seasoned timber had rotted away. Shortly after, plans were made for timber-seasoning sheds to be erected in all the Royal Dockyards so that timber could be carefully stored and seasoned before use.

The sheds were to be of a standard design, with bays 45 feet (13.7m) long and 20 feet-(6.1m) wide. Sufficient bays were to be built to hold a three-year supply of timber. At Chatham this amounted to seventy-five bays in all, which were completed in 1775. The Timber-seasoning Sheds were probably the first standardised industrial buildings to be erected in large numbers in Britain. The Sheds at Chatham are now the sole survivors of what once were common dockyard buildings.
 
Location. 51° 23.761′ N, 0° 31.76′ 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
Timber Seasoning Sheds, 1774 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
2. Timber Seasoning Sheds, 1774
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. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plate Bending Rolls, 1913 (a few steps from this marker); Propeller, RFA Reliant, c.1954 (a few steps from this marker); 30 CWT ‘Cochrane’ Steam Hammer (within shouting distance of this marker); No. 1 Smithery, 1808 (within shouting distance of this marker); Mast Houses & Mould Loft (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Hammer, 1955 (within shouting distance of this marker); North Mast Pond, 1702 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Brunel Saw Mill Canal Lock, 1812-14 (about 90 meters away). 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
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
3. Timber Seasoning Sheds & Marker
 
 
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 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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