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The Royal William Yard.

Grade 1 former Royal Naval victualling buildings. It is considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain; it is also the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe.

Designed by the Victorian architect Sir John Rennie, it was constructed between 1825 and 1831.Built from Devon Limestone and with granite detailing.

The buildings were built to store liquid,a brewhouse built for brewing, but never actually equipped for brewing;a cooperage- to make barrels and kegs; a major storehouse for food, clothing and equipment; accommodation for some of the workers; a bakery equipped as a bread and biscuit factory; a slaughterhouse; a guardhouse; residences for civil service officers and the main gate which was and still is a "triumphal arch" topped by a 13 feet statue of King William IV after whom the yard is named.

The picture shows a small quay where the ships would enter to be loaded with the supplies needed.Now luxury yachts use the space.

The yard was closed in 1992,and is now in private hands, it has been converted to an upmarket mixed use development with apartments,restaurants, art galleries and offices.

If you are ever in Plymouth, the Royal William Yard is well worth a visit!

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