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Hilsea Barracks
Hilsea, Portsmouth
Former military store within Gatcombe Park - geograph.org.uk - 777013.jpg
Former military store within Gatcombe Park
Type Barracks
Coordinates Latitude:
Built 1780
In use 1780-1965
Ministry of Defence

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.[1] The War Office requisitioned the site from Curtis for military purposes in the 1770s.[1] The garrison commander's house, which was rebuilt in 1780, evolved to become the officers' mess and survives as a Grade II listed building.[2] The barracks, built to accommodate several thousand troops, were completed in 1794[1] 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.[3] The Royal Field Artillery vacated the site in 1921 when it became the main training depot for the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.[4] During the Second World War the site was used by the United States Army.[5] 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.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Mitchell, Garry (1988). Hilsea Lines and Portsbridge. ISBN 0-947605-06-1. 

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