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Former military store within Gatcombe Park
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Hilsea Barracks was a military installation at Hilsea in Portsmouth.
History[edit | edit source]
The site was originally occupied by Gatcombe Manor, a medieval house which was acquired through marriage by Admiral Sir Roger Curtis in the 18th century. The War Office requisitioned the site from Curtis for military purposes in the 1770s. The garrison commander's house, which was rebuilt in 1780, evolved to become the officers' mess and survives as a Grade II listed building. The barracks, built to accommodate several thousand troops, were completed in 1794 and subsequently enhanced in 1854 for occupation by the Royal Field Artillery: a military chapel known as "St Barbara's Garrison Church" was added in 1888. The Royal Field Artillery vacated the site in 1921 when it became the main training depot for the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. During the Second World War the site was used by the United States Army. The buildings, which underwent various improvements and changes of use, were closed in 1962; they were demolished to make way for the "Gatcombe Park" housing development in 1965.
References[edit | edit source]
- Page, William (1908). "Parishes: Wymering, in A History of the County of Hampshire". London. pp. 165–170. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/hants/vol3/pp165-170. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
- "Gatcombe House". British Listed Buildings. http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-474448-gatcombe-house-. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
- "Hilsea Barracks". History in Portsmouth. http://historyinportsmouth.co.uk/places/hilsea-barracks.htm. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
- "The army barracks that became a housing estate". The News. 15 October 2012. http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/heritage/the-army-barracks-that-became-a-housing-estate-1-4367455. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
- "Home to the army too". The News. 17 March 2013. http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/heritage/home-to-the-army-too-1-4907391. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
- Mitchell, p. 30
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Mitchell, Garry (1988). Hilsea Lines and Portsbridge. ISBN 0-947605-06-1.
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