South Smithery, South Yard, HM Naval Base, Plymouth - Plymouth, City of (UA)

Dockyard smithery built 1771, modified in the C19 and reconstructed c1897. It remained in use until 1987 when structural faults were discovered. There is continued deterioration of the roof, masonry and interiors. An options report was issued in 2010, but a repair strategy has not yet been put in place. Historic England provided advice in November 2015 in response to a request from the owner to remove the building's roof.

South Smithery, South Yard, HM Naval Base, Plymouth - Plymouth, City of (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: South Smithery (Building S126)
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1392692
  • Local Planning Authority: Plymouth, City of (UA)
  • Site Type: Industrial > Metal industry site


  • Building Name: South Smithery
  • Street Name: South Yard
  • Locality: HM Naval Base, Plymouth
  • Unitary Authority: Plymouth, City of (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: A
  • Ownership: Government or agency

Contact Details

Simon Hickman 0117 975 0717

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England