Historically the south of England had been the primary location for the building of warships and location of the naval bases. With the industrial revolution there was an massive increase in the number of ships built and dockyard were built in South Wales and Scotland. In Ireland a reasonable coastal defence presence was maintained, if only because of the fear of a hostile landing there.
The following dockyard, mostly closed in have not been included:
Woolwich Dockyard closed 1869
Deptford Dockyard closed 1869
The primary Dockyard used by the Royal Navy were: