Chetwynd Barracks

Chetwynd Barracks is a military installation at Chilwell in Nottinghamshire.

Chetwynd Barracks
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Chetwynd Barracks
Chetwynd Barracks is located in Nottinghamshire
Chetwynd Barracks
Chetwynd Barracks
Location within Nottinghamshire
Coordinates52°54′34″N 01°15′23″W / 52.90944°N 1.25639°W / 52.90944; -1.25639Coordinates: 52°54′34″N 01°15′23″W / 52.90944°N 1.25639°W / 52.90944; -1.25639
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built forWar Office
In use1919-Present
Garrison information
Occupants7th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters East


COD Chilwell in 1940.

The Chilwell depot and barracks were built for the Royal Army Ordnance Corps shortly after the First World War on the former site of the National Shell Filling Factory, Chilwell which had been completely devastated by an exposion in July 1918.[1] The site continued to be used as a central ordnance depot after the Second World War[2] and, although the central vehicle kit store closed in 1958,[3] when operations moved to Bicester,[4] it continued to operate as a general stores depot and a vehicle workshop.[5]

The site was renamed Chetwynd Barracks, after Viscount Chetwynd who had been Managing Director of the National Shell Filling Factory, in 1995[5] and became the home of 49 (East) Brigade.[6]

Under Army 2020, 49 (East) Brigade was merged with 7th Armoured Brigade to become 7th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters East which relocated to Chetwynd Barracks on 13 February 2015.[7]

In late March 2016, the Ministry of Defence announced that the site was one of ten to be sold in order to reduce the size of the Defence Estate.[8] In November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced that the site would close in 2021.[9] This was subsequently extended to 2024.[10]


Units stationed at Chetwynd Barracks include:


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  7. ^ "49 (East) Brigade Officially Disbanded". Forces TV. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Thousands of new homes to be built as MOD releases more sites". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
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  10. ^ "Will your base be staying open?". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Contact us". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  12. ^ "170 Infra Sp Engr Gp". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Army Reserve Bands". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Reinforcements Training and Mobilisation Centre (RTMC) Chilwell". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Armed Forces in Notts". Nottingham Post. 21 June 2013. Archived from the original on 6 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.