Lower Barracks

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Lower Barracks was a military installation in Winchester. It was the depot of the Royal Hampshire Regiment from its formation in 1881 until it moved out in 1959. The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum reopened at Serle's House in 2004. It is one of several independent museums that comprise Winchester's Military Museums.

Lower Barracks
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Serle's House, part of the Lower Barracks
Lower Barracks is located in Central Winchester
Lower Barracks
Lower Barracks
Location within Winchester
Coordinates51°03′42″N 1°19′06″W / 51.06169°N 1.31837°W / 51.06169; -1.31837Coordinates: 51°03′42″N 1°19′06″W / 51.06169°N 1.31837°W / 51.06169; -1.31837
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built forWar Office
In use1796-1959
Garrison information
OccupantsRoyal Hampshire Regiment


The buildings at the Lower Barracks at Winchester date back to 1730 when Serle's House, which had been designed by Thomas Archer, was built for William Seldon.[1] The house was acquired by James Serle, a lawyer, in 1781 and then sold to the War Office in 1796.[1] Most of the other buildings in the Lower Barracks, including a barrack block and a small parade ground, were built during the Crimean War.[2] In 1873 a system of recruiting areas based on counties was instituted under the Cardwell Reforms and the barracks became the depot for the 37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot and the 67th (South Hampshire) Regiment of Foot.[3] Following the Childers Reforms, the 37th and 67th regiments amalgamated to form the Royal Hampshire Regiment with its depot in the barracks in 1881.[4]

The Lower Barracks were demoted to the status of out-station to the Wessex Brigade depot at Topsham Barracks in Exeter in 1959.[1] Serle's House was retained by the Ministry of Defence but many of the other buildings were converted for private residential use in the late 1990s.[5]

Royal Hampshire Regiment MuseumEdit

The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum reopened at Serle's House in 2004.[1] The museum contains a display of drums, uniforms and personal artifacts.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Royal Hampshire Regiment Memorial Garden & Museum". Serle's House. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Battle declared over future of historic barracks: Ministry of Defence is accused of planning to demolish some fine military buildings". The Independent. 7 March 1994. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Training Depots". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 10 February 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "The roll of honour". Daily Echo. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  5. ^ "An article by HRH The Prince of Wales titled 'Too Good to Lose'". Perspectives Magazine. 1 September 1997. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  6. ^ "What is in the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum?". Royal Hampshire Regiment. Retrieved 8 June 2018.

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