Repton Manor (Templar Barracks), Ashford
Description: Repton Manor (Templar Barracks)
Date Listed: 21 October 1999
English Heritage Building ID: 478350
OS Grid Reference: TQ9983443525
OS Grid Coordinates: 599834, 143525
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1561, 0.8563
Location: Repton Avenue, Ashford , Kent TN23 3GP
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Much of the information you have here about the manor house while in the charge of the Ministry of Defence (Army) is utter balderdash!
In 1965 the Army Intelligence Corps (Int Corps) moved from Maresfield in East Sussex to Ashford. The site was known as Templer Barracks (not Templar Barracks often used wrongly). The barracks here was known as - THE INTELLIGENCE CENTRE. In the 1900's it was for a short while known as the DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE & SECURITY CENTRE (DISC).
Throughout the 1980's Repton Manor was the home to a very secretive special intelligence training unit called - SPECIALIST INTELLIGENCE WING (SIW). It's purpose was to train soldiers for special durties in Northern Ireland. The manor was used extensively by members of the FORCES RESEARCH UNIT (a Intelligence Corps sponsored unit used to control IRA informants in NI). The goings on here were considered extremely sensitive / Top Secret.
The manor was widely used by 14 Intelligence Company (the det) as a training facility. Surveillance Courses were run here and in the School of Service Intelligence (SSI) which was located within the barracks in another building.
SIW was commanded in the 1980's by a particularly posh Int Corps Lt Col. He and his awful wife were snobs in the true sense of the word.
I had some fun times working in Repton and the prefab annex behind the actual manor house.
This manor house has a very interesting history. Only those who served there will know exactly what is was used for. Most information must remain secret forever more to protect those who fought the IRA.
It's good to see that the Manor has been saved from ruin.
Secret , 19 August 2011
hi i used to play in the maner when i was a kid when my dad saved at the camp70s
andrew naylor , 11 October 2011
No 14 Int Coy (The Det) training was ever carried out there.
A Former SIW Instructor, 13 March 2012
We had one hell of a good bar out back for many an all night de-brief- the Gettour Inn! 5 of the best years of my life spent there!
SIW Instructor, 16 August 2014