There are many locations in the Dockyard where you can see historical graffiti. There are also many locations in the Dockyard where you may miss lots of historical graffiti.
One of the prime locations is The Ropery and, in particular the south wall of the ropery!
A description of the Ropery contains the following details, depending where the information comes from:
- Building dates from 1785 – 1791
- engine house added c1836.
- Red brick with grey headers, stone dressings and a slate valley roof
- engine house English bond brick.
“History shows that it is known as a double ropery for combining ropelaying on the ground floor and spinning on the upper two floors.
“The building is over 1,100 feet long, rope being wound by twisting the strands together on a forming machine mounted on a wheeled carriage which ran back down the building.”
Halfway down the east side of the ropery.
This area is very rich in military memorablia but does little to prepare you the delights round the corner at the end!