SX4653 : Street scene past "Melville"

taken 10 years ago, near to Cremyll, Cornwall, Great Britain

Street scene past "Melville"
Street scene past "Melville"
This is the view WSW down the street which passes the front of SX4653 : Melville, Royal William Victualling Yard.
Immediately to the left of the photographer's position you can see part of the frontage of the "New Cooperage" - in fact you can see the "ERAGE" of its title on the far left of the image. Next along the street is the Melville building with its clock tower (see SX4653 : Clock & Bell Tower, Melville). Further in the distance, on the right-hand side of the road can be seen two blocks - these both belong to the Brewhouse building as they are respectively the ends of the east and west ranges of that block. Opposite these, and only just visible, is the (original) Cooperage building. (See EH listing LinkExternal link ).
At the back of the image the building crossing the street at an angle is "Clarence".
Next RWVY photo SX4653 : Street scene looking towards Main Gate
Royal William Victualling Yard

The Royal William Victualling Yard occupies virtually the whole of the Devil's Point peninsula - about 18 acres - to the south of Stonehouse within the conurbation of Plymouth.
The Yard was given Royal Assent on June 3rd 1824 during the reign of King George IV, but was not completed until 9 years later by which time George had died and his brother William had become King William IV. So the Yard was named after this latter monarch on 3rd December 1833.
The architects of this fine set of buildings (much admired by the architectural historian, Pevsner) were Sir John Rennie the Younger (1794-1874) and Philip Richards, and the contractor was Hugh McIntosh. The cost of the building was estimated at 2,000,000 which in the early C19th was a colossal amount of money, equivalent to billions today.
The original purpose of the Yard, as its name suggests, was to supply victuals - that is food, drink and provisions - for the Royal Navy. With the burgeoning British Empire in the C19th, the Navy grew in size dramatically, and so therefore did its requirement for victuals. This Yard therefore played an important part in "oiling the wheels" of the vast machine that was the Royal Navy. Not only food items but uniforms and all the general paraphernalia required by the Navy's ships (other than munitions etc.) was stored here. In addition the yard contained a brewery, a slaughterhouse, mill, bakehouse and, essentially, a huge cooperage. Barrels made by the coopers were required in vast quantities to store the provisions on board the ships - not just liquids such as beer, but salted meats etc.
As the character of the Royal Navy changed over the decades, so the Yard had to adapt; and during the C20th, with the decline in Britain's maritime supremacy, the Yard suffered a similar decline. In 1992 the Navy gave up ownership of the land and buildings and they passed into private hands. Since then the Grade I listed buildings have had numerous uses, but are now undergoing major renovations and conversion into apartments, businesses, restaurants and galleries.

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Date Taken
Monday, 25 October, 2010   (more nearby)
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4611 5356 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:21.7065N 4:9.8972W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4617 5359
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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