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1798 - Dockyard Pay Office Built

Pay Office built and was accredited to Sir Samuel Bentham. It was the first fire-proof building in the Dockyard and is an early example of the mixture of brick and cast iron. Originally a two storey building but was severely damaged by German bombing during the Second World War that reduced it to one storey. It was here that Charles Dicken’s father worked as a pay clerk when his son was born on the 7th February 1812.