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Fenham Barracks
Newcastle upon Tyne
Barrack Road northbound, Newcastle upon Tyne, 5 September 2013.jpg
Fenham Barracks just visible with the stone wall on the right
Type Barracks
Coordinates Latitude: 54.97968
Longitude: -1.63142
Built 1804–1806
In use 1806-Present
Current
owner
Ministry of Defence
Occupants 'D' Squadron (The Northumberland Hussars)
201 (Northern) Field Hospital

Fenham Barracks is a military installation in Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

History[edit | edit source]

The site was acquired by the War Office from Newcastle Corporation in 1804 and, following the construction of three barrack blocks, became the home of units of the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons under the name of Newcastle Barracks in 1806.[1] Duties included putting down the Chartism movement riots in the 1840s.[1] Units of the Royal Horse Artillery arrived in 1846 and units of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers move in during the 1870s.[1] Following the Childers Reforms the barracks became the depot of both the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers and the Durham Light Infantry in 1884.[2]

The Durham Light Infantry museum opened at Fenham Barracks shortly after World War I[3] but moved out to Brancepeth Castle when the regiment transferred there in 1939.[4]

The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers museum opened at Fenham Barracks in 1929 and remained there after the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers were absorbed into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1962.[1] The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers museum finally moved out to Alnwick Castle in 1970.[5]

In 1975 the barracks became the home of 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars; they moved out in 1992 when the regiment was amalgamated to form part of The Light Dragoons.[1]

The barracks remain the home of two Army Reserve units: 'D' Squadron (The Northumberland Hussars), The Queen's Own Yeomnry and of 201 (Northern) Field Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Hewitson, Thomas (1999). A Soldier's Life: The story of Newcastle Barracks. Tyne Bridge Publishing. ISBN 978-1857950991. 

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