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Offline Leofwine

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Re: Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2017, 18:29:08 »
Chatham News - Saturday 12 September 1863

PROPOSED NEW BUILDINGS IN CHATHAM BARRACKS.- A covered strawyard for the convenience of the troops when filling their bedding has been ordered by the War Office authorities.  It will be erected on a piece of ground close to the Brompton gate of Chatham Barracks, adjoining the racket-court.  The ground adjoining the "cave yard" near the main gate of the barracks, which has hitherto been used as a straw yard, has been chosen as the site for some extensive buildings to be used as quarters for married soldiers, which will thus remedy another serious defect in the barrack accommodation of Chatham.
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Re: Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2016, 16:44:30 »
As photographed in the 1930's

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Re: Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2013, 00:46:25 »
Thursday, November 3, 1864

It is expected that the new quarters for married soldiers near Chatham Barracks, will soon be ready for occupation - they are in a forward state. They are well constructed, well situated, and conveniently fitted up. Each man, with his family, will have a good sized room, lighted with gas, with cupboard, shelves, clothes-pegs, etc. It would be better if more than one room could have been assigned to each family; but even the one room in this establishment must be a great improvement on what married soldiers have hitherto had to endure here. These new quarters are expected to be out of the builder's hands in a month.

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Re: Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2013, 14:52:26 »
Monday, October 24, 1864

The neat range of buildings which have been erected near to the entrance of Chatham Barracks for quarters for married soldiers are fast approaching completion. The upper floors will be gained by exterior stairs and galleries of iron of an ornate charactor: the ironwork is now all fixed, and today workmen have been employed in laying down the slate flooring of the galleries.

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Re: Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2012, 18:53:38 »
I believe there was an octagonal watertank near the Lower Cornwallis Battery, close by were the ablution rooms.

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Re: Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2012, 18:26:23 »
It is interesting that it mentions the water being supplied from the Reservoir on Brompton Hill, as this was built as an Admiralty reservoir I believe. It seems unusual that the Admiralty and War Department would share such a facility (even if it does make sense!)
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Re: Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2012, 16:16:35 »
Tuesday, December 27, 1864

The Huts are now occupied by married soldiers, but they will be removed to the new, handsome, and convenient quarters for married soldiers at Barrack Hill, at the entrance to Chatham Barracks, as soon as they are completed, probably at the later end of February; then the 3d Depot Battalion will reoccupy their old quarters in the Huts Barracks. The new married men's quarters will be supplied with water from the reservoir on Brompton-hill. There is a tank at the quarters which will hold 10,000 gallons.

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Re: Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2011, 09:31:42 »
Barracks name. It is very easy to get confused over the correct names for barracks in Chatham Garrison. This is a good example. Originally there was just Chatham Barracks. Then when the Military Hospital above it was absorbed into the barracks the two levels were identifed as Upper Chatham Barracks and Lower Chatham Barracks. The married quarters on Caveyard were normally referred to as just Lower Barracks although they quickly acquired the local nickname of the 'Birdcage Quarters'. This sort of confusion also overflows to what we now call Brompton Barracks where for a while there existed Brompton Barracks and Brompton Hut Barracks. I have found the most accurate way to identify the correct name for barracks is to refer to offical papars or to the journal of the Royal United Services Institute which usually use the offical names rather than local ones such as those that appear on locally produced postcards.

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Re: Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2011, 22:38:27 »
Lower Barracks was the part of Chatham Barracks approximatelt where Kitchener Barracks is now, although I believe the ones in your picture are the buildings that were in the Cave Yard at Fort Amherst.

The Upper Barracks were the part of the barracks now occupied by army married quarters in Khartoum Road and Amherst Hill.

This is approximately the same view today. Photo Jan 2011.
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Re: Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2011, 11:40:03 »
Got it! It's a Carriage Storehouse as shown on kyn's 1806 map on the Gun Wharf thread:

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=2119.15

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Re: Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2011, 11:26:15 »
Is the long structure a Gun Wharf warehouse?

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Lower Barracks/Married Soldiers Quarters in the Caveyard
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009, 15:26:52 »
Married Quarters were built in the Caveyard at Fort Amherst in the mid 1860's. They were located where the car park is now, and they became known as the Bird Cages due to their appearance with cast iron balconies. The Married Quarters were demolished in 1965.

December 26, 1863

The contract for the erection of a double range of buildings at Chatham, to be used as quarters for the married non-commissioned officers and men of the infantry regiments stationed at that garrison, has been taken by Mr. K. Spicer, the Government contractor of Rochester, and the works will be forthwith commenced. The site of the proposed buildings adjoins the plantation, near the main entrance to the infanty barracks, the buildings, when erected, being close below the fortifications surmounted by the Cornwallis Battery.


January 5, 1864

Yesterday Mr K Spicer, the government contractor, took possesion of the site and commenced marking out this land on which the new quarters and men belonging to the Infantry Corps at Chatham Garrison will be erected. It is near the slope of the Counterscarp of the fortifications which protect the western part of the citadel and will be in close proximity to Chatham barracks, in which are always quartered the Infantry troops. the pay offices and the other military establishments of the garrison. In preparing the site it will be necessary to remove the building now belonging to the quartermaster's department, as well as the workshops in the Cave-yard, formely used by convicts before they were removed to St. Mary's Island. The carpenters shops which will also require taking down to make way for the new building, will be re-erected on another spot.

The married quarters will consist of two blocks of buildings each 180 ft. in length,running parallel to each other, space being left for a third block, which it was originally proposed should be erected. The buildings will have a depth of 18 ft. and will consist of three stories, with verandahs running around the front and sides of each, the entrance to each gained by means of iron stairs. The two main buildings will consist of 72 seperate houses and these will again be divided into rooms for each family. Each room will be 16 ft. in length by 13 ft. 6 in. wide with a height of 10 ft. 3 in. The most ample arrangements will be made for proper ventilation of each room.  A seperate building will be devoted to lavatories, baths, and women's washing-rooms, and there will be an abundant supply of water to all parts of the building, while gas will be laid on every room. The building will be completed in about 12 months.

 

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