TQ7569 : Commissioner's House, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent

taken 7 years ago, near to Brompton, Medway, Great Britain

Commissioner's House, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent
Commissioner's House, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent
The Commissioners House was built in 1704 and is the oldest naval building to survive in Britain, as such it is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It was built to house the Resident Commissioner, his and family and his servants. The original Commissioners House built around 1640 was constructed for Phineas Pett when he became the first Resident Commissioner but the house was demolished in 1703 when Captain George St Lo took up the post and declared the house was not as good as his previous one at Plymouth and needed to be rebuilt. The Commissioner was responsible for the day-to-day running of the dockyard, his importance is shown by the style of residence and gardens he had built within the dockyard, he also had stables for his horses and coach. A Captain or Admiral Superintendant replaced the job of Resident Commisonner when the Navy Board was dissolved in 1832 and was again replaced by the Port Admiral in 1971.

The building remains relatively unchanged since it was built with a few additions to the interior between 1770 and 1780 and the servants quarters that were added to the South of the building at the same time. The main staircase has a large ceiling painting depicting as assembly of gods, this painting was initially in the Great Cabin of the first rate ship the Royal Sovereign. The painting has been attributed to Thomas Highmore, the sergeant painter to William III, however it is known that some of the painting was by Sir James Thornehill.

The house is now used as a banqueting hall and used for conferences and seminars.

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TQ7569, 316 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 21 August, 2011   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 30 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Docks, Harbours 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7588 6911 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.6260N 0:31.6004E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7586 6914
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