Victoria Barracks, Belfast

Victoria Barracks was a military installation in New Lodge, Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Victoria Barracks
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Victoria Barracks, Belfast
Victoria Barracks is located in Northern Ireland
Victoria Barracks
Victoria Barracks
Location within Northern Ireland
Coordinates54°36′36″N 5°55′55″W / 54.610°N 5.932°W / 54.610; -5.932
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built forWar Office
In use1798-early 1960s
Garrison information
GarrisonRoyal Irish Rifles

History Edit

The barracks were completed just before the Irish Rebellion in 1798.[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 83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot and the 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot.[2] Following the Childers Reforms, the 83rd and 86th regiments amalgamated to form the Royal Irish Rifles with its depot in the barracks in 1881.[2] A major extension was built between 1880 and 1881 to accommodate the extra troops.[1]

The Royal Ulster Rifles moved to St Patrick's Barracks in 1937.[3] The barracks were bombed and badly damaged by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War[4] and fell into a complete state of disrepair in the 1950s before being finally demolished in the early 1960s.[1] Some of the officers’ houses are still in use as private housing, the Sergeants’ Mess is now a social centre known as “the Recy” but most of the site is now occupied by the “Artillery Flats”.[1]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d "The Barracks". New Lodge. Archived from the original on 7 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  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. ^ "Saint Patrick's Barracks, Ballymena". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "In Victoria Barracks during the Blitz". BBC. Retrieved 8 December 2015.