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Dale Barracks
Chester
Type Barracks
Coordinates Latitude: 53.22527
Longitude: -2.89505
Built 1939
In use 1939-1956
1987-Present
Current
owner
Ministry of Defence

Dale Barracks is a military installation at Upton near Chester.

HistoryEdit

The barracks are situated in the grounds of Moston Hall, a house built in 1789 for Richard Massey.[1] The house was acquired by the Swetenham family who sold it to the Lockett family in 1918.[2] It later became a military hospital.[3] The hospital was made available for civilian use in 1960.[4]

The rest of the site was occupied by a house known as The Dale which was built in the 1880s and was bought by the War Office in 1938.[2] The Dale became the depot of the Cheshire Regiment and the Manchester Regiment in 1939.[5] During Second World War the Machine Gun Training Centre was established there and after the War it became a Primary Training Centre for infantry training.[5] Between 1956 and 1987 the Dale was used as a secure asylum after which it was returned to military use as the officer's mess for the barracks of the 1st Battalion the King's Regiment.[5] The 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh moved out of the barracks in April 2014.[6]

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