The stunning Royal William Yard in Stonehouse, Plymouth, was the major victualling depot of the Royal Navy and an important element of the wider Devonport Dockyard. It was designed by the architect Sir John Rennie and was named after King William IV. It was built between 1826 and 1835, and occupies a site of approximately 16 acres being half of Western Kings, north of Devil’s Point.
Following the Napoleonic Wars, it was resolved to centralise Plymouth’s victualling provision on a new site – the site was designed to be easily defended so it was constructed on largely reclaimed land at the end of the Stonehouse Peninsula, close to the Royal Marines barracks.
Over three years, the northern half of the promontory known as Western King was levelled to provide the site for the new yard, the spoil being used to extend the site, which was arranged around a deep basin lined with granite. The various buildings are named to reflect their function, the Yard catered for a full ‘store ship’ prior to departure for the High Seas. The Yard was closed in 1992 and subsequently passed to the SW Regional Development Agency.
Grade I listed, it was converted by Urban Splash into the award winning mixed use development you see today. Described as the grandest of the Royal victualling yards, ‘in its externally largely unaltered state it remains today one of the most magnificent industrial monuments in the country’.
Striking both by sea and by land we aim to show off some hidden corners and surprising views throughout the diverse areas of the Festival.
For more information about The Royal William Yard, please visit: www.royalwilliamyard.com