Wellington Barracks, Bury

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Wellington Barracks
Bury
Fusiliers Headquarters - geograph.org.uk - 1700572.jpg
The Regimental Headquarters at Wellington Barracks
Wellington Barracks is located in Greater Manchester
Wellington Barracks
Wellington Barracks
Location within Greater Manchester
Coordinates53°35′17″N 2°19′18″W / 53.58811°N 2.32167°W / 53.58811; -2.32167Coordinates: 53°35′17″N 2°19′18″W / 53.58811°N 2.32167°W / 53.58811; -2.32167
TypeBarracks
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built1845
Built forWar Office
In use1845-1968
Garrison information
OccupantsLancashire Fusiliers

Wellington Barracks was a military installation on Bolton Road in Bury, Greater Manchester.

History[edit]

The barracks were completed as part of the response to the Chartist riots in 1845.[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 two battalions of the 20th (East Devonshire) Regiment.[2] Following the Childers Reforms, the regiment evolved to become the Lancashire Fusiliers with its depot in the barracks in 1881.[2]

The Regiment amalgamated with several other regiments to form the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1968 and the barracks were demolished in 1969.[1] The Regimental Headquarters were retained and used as a Regimental Museum until 2009 when the collection moved to Moss Street in Bury.[3] The Regimental Headquarters was then converted into a business complex in 2013.[4]

The Lancashire Fusiliers War Memorial stood outside the entrance to the barracks until 2009, when it was moved to Gallipoli Gardens, next to the relocated regimental museum.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wellington Barracks,Bury". BBC. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Training Depots". Regiments.org. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fury over plans to turn historic Wellington Barracks in Bury into apartments". Manchester Evening News. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Former Fusiliers barracks to be turned into business complex". Bury Times. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "War Memorial to the Lancashire Fusiliers, Gallipoli Gardens (1250814)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 August 2016.