Connaught Barracks, Dover

Connaught Barracks, Dover was a military installation at Dover in Kent.

Connaught Barracks
Connaught Barracks, Dover
Connaught Barracks is located in Kent
Connaught Barracks
Connaught Barracks
Location within Kent
Coordinates51°08′02″N 1°19′12″E / 51.13390°N 1.31988°E / 51.13390; 1.31988
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built forWar Office
In use1913 – present

History edit

The barracks, which were built about half a mile south of Fort Burgoyne, were completed in July 1913.[1] During the First World War the barracks were used for the assembly of large quantities of men and supplies ready for shipment across the channel to the Western Front.[2]

A major project to rebuild the barracks, which took two years to complete and was undertaken by C Jenner & Sons Ltd, was finished in 1962.[3] The Queen's Lancashire Regiment was formed at the barracks in March 1970.[4]

The 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment arrived at the barracks in July 1995[5] and was replaced by the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment in August 2000:[6] the 1st Battalion continued to occupy the site until the barracks closed in March 2006.[7] Plans to use the barracks as an open prison[8] were dropped in November 2006[9] and the site is now being redeveloped for housing.[10]

References edit

  1. ^ Dover Express, 11 July 1913
  2. ^ Gilbert, Richard. "Castle Hill fort". Duke of York's Royal Military School. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  3. ^ "History". Jenner Group. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Queen's Lancashire Regiment". Lancashire Infantry Museum. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  5. ^ "3rd Bn Parachute Regiment". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  6. ^ "1st Bn Parachute Regiment". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Barracks leave Army legacy behind". BBC. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Barracks will become open prison". 21 September 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  9. ^ Travis, Alan (11 November 2006). "Reid abandons plan to put 500 prisoners in barracks". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Public consultation on pre-application plans for former Connaught Barracks site". Invest in Dover. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2015.