Gloucester Citizen - Saturday 27 December 1902
NEW NAVAL BARRACKS AT CHATHAM.
The extensive naval barracks at Chatham, which have been erected and furnished at a cost of something like half a million sterling, are expected to be ready for occupation early in the New Year. The buildings are situated in a district which was formerly known as "Tom-all-alone's," and the works involved the removal of the old convict prison and the torpedo factory in order to provide an adequate site. Both the seamen's and officers' quarters are arranged in blocks, and a residence for the captain commanding and an infirmary will be added later on, and will form the subject for separate contracts. The Admiralty are anxious to bring the barracks into use as expeditiously as possible, as the accommodation on the naval depot ships is altogether insufficient for the 3,000 to 5,000 men usually quartered there.