Ladysmith Barracks

Ladysmith Barracks was a British military installation on Mossley Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.

Ladysmith Barracks
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Entrance to Ladysmith Barracks
Ladysmith Barracks is located in Greater Manchester
Ladysmith Barracks
Ladysmith Barracks
Location within Greater Manchester
Coordinates53°29′54″N 2°03′56″W / 53.49839°N 2.06569°W / 53.49839; -2.06569
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built forWar Office
In use1843-1958
Garrison information
OccupantsManchester Regiment


The barracks were originally established under the name of Wellington Barracks, in response to the threat from civil unrest associated with the Chartist movement, as accommodation for cavalry regiments between 1841 and 1843.[1] In 1873 a system of recruiting areas based on counties was instituted under the Cardwell Reforms and the barracks became the depot for the 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot, the 96th Regiment of Foot and the 6th Royal Lancashire Militia.[2] Following the Childers Reforms, the 63rd and 96th Regiments amalgamated as 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Manchester Regiment, with the 6th RL as its 3rd and 4th Battalions. The regiment had its depot at the barracks in 1881.[2] The name of the barracks was changed to commemorate the actions of the Manchester Regiment at the Siege of Ladysmith during the Second Boer War.[1]

During the Second World War the barracks served as home to the 14th Technical Training Centre of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.[1] The Manchester Regiment amalgamated with the King's Regiment (Liverpool) to form the King's Regiment in 1958 and the barracks were decommissioned.[1] They were demolished in 1985 and the site was subsequently redeveloped for residential use.[3] A blue plaque now commemorates the location.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Regimental Depot - Ladysmith Barracks, Ashton-under-Lyne". Tameside Borough Council. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Training Depots". Archived from the original on 10 February 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Ladysmith Barracks". Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Ladysmith Barracks". Open Plaques. Retrieved 17 November 2014.