Timber Seasoning Sheds, 1774

Timber Seasoning Sheds, 1774 (HM289B)

Location: Chertsey, England KT16 Surrey
Country: United Kingdom
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N 51° 23.761', W 0° 31.76'

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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.
HM NumberHM289B
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Date Added Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 671873 N 5696761
Decimal Degrees51.39601667, -0.52933333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 23.761', W 0° 31.76'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 23' 45.66" N, 0° 31' 45.6" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near St Ann's Hill Rd, Chertsey England KT16, GB
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