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Timber buildings at the Dockyard at Deptford

Timber buildings at the Dockyard at Deptford

Surveyor: [Dummer, Edmund]

Medium: Ink and pigments on paper

Date: 1698

Shelfmark: King's MS 43 ff. 69v-70

Length: 516

Width: 671

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

As the royal dockyard closest to London, Deptford was the headquarters of the administration of the navy from Tudor times onwards, and the focus of a populous community of shipyard workers. This drawing is part of a comprehensive survey of the royal dockyards made in 1698. This work is attributed to Edmund Dummer who was chief surveyor to the British Royal Navy at this time, and was intended to illustrate the exact state of the dockyards.

This drawing and accompanying text records the structure and function of some of many timber buildings that housed essential workers and equipment at the yard. A store house for sails is recorded, as is a Smiths with adjoining offices which house braziers, tin men and mast attendants. A san house with a surgeon's dressing office serves to illustrate that the docks were dangerous places of heavy industry. The draughtsman has provided detailed elevations as well as plans of the interior space. The amount of ground that each structure occupies is recorded. The value of each structure is also recorded, both before and after the Revolution of 1688.

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