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Peninsula Barracks
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Peninsula Barracks
Type Barracks
Coordinates Latitude: 51.062
Longitude: -1.321
Built Early 20th Century
In use Early 20th Century-1985
Ministry of Defence

The Peninsula Barracks are a group of military buildings in Winchester, Hampshire.

History[edit | edit source]

The barracks, which were originally known as the Upper Barracks, Winchester, were built in the early 20th Century on the site of King's House, an unfinished palace designed by Sir Christopher Wren for Charles II which was subsequently destroyed by fire.[1] Some parts of the barracks remain Grade II listed buildings in their own right including the Green Jackets Headquarters and Museum, the Gymnasium, the Main Entrance Gate Piers, the Gates and Flanking Railings and Piers, the Royal Hussars Museum (former Militia Stores), the East Block, the Guardroom, the Chapel and Schoolroom, the Mons Block, the North Block, the Weapons Training Shed and the West Block.[2] The barracks became the depot of the King's Royal Rifle Corps and the Rifle Brigade in 1858.[3]

The barracks went on to become the regional centre for infantry training as the Green Jackets Brigade Depot in 1960.[4] The name of the barracks was changed from Upper Barracks, Winchester to Peninsula Barracks in 1964.[3] The barracks closed in 1985 and military training was moved to Sir John Moore Barracks.[3]

In 1994 the Ministry of Defence sold most of the barracks for private flats, retaining some space for Winchester's Military Museums, a complex of museums that are grouped together but operated separately. The museums are: HorsePower, the Regimental Museum of The King's Royal Hussars, The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, The Gurkha Museum, The Guardroom Museum, the Museum of the Adjutant General's Corps and the The Light Infantry Museum.[5]

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