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The Barracks

A Grade I Listed Building in Frindsbury Extra, Medway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4063 / 51°24'22"N

Longitude: 0.5264 / 0°31'34"E

OS Eastings: 575810

OS Northings: 170503

OS Grid: TQ758705

Mapcode National: GBR PPH.MXH

Mapcode Global: VHJLN.2XM9

Entry Name: The Barracks

Listing Date: 14 November 1986

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1085742

English Heritage Legacy ID: 172875

Location: Frindsbury Extra, Medway, ME2

County: Medway

Civil Parish: Frindsbury Extra

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Frindsbury All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text

TQ 7570 SE FRINDSBURY EXTRA HIGH STREET, Upnor
(North side)
1797/15/52
The Barracks, Upnor Castle
14.11.1986

GV I


Barracks, now store and museum. 1717-18, for the Board of Ordnance. Red English bond brick with ridge and gable stacks, and tiled valley roof Double-depth plan, divided into 3 separate sections by spine and central rear transverse walls.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and attic; 5-window range. Symmetrical front has a plinth, rusticated brick quoins to a second floor cornice, attic with wooden eaves cornice, parapet and paired, coped gables. Flat-roofed porch with cornice and parapet, steps up to round-arched doorways each side, a small segmental-arched window in the front, and a segmental-arched doorway with panelled double doors; segmental-arched 6/6-pane sashes and smaller second-floor windows, the outer ones paired with a lead downpipe and dated hopper between. Left-hand double basement doors in the plinth. Cornices extend to returns with paired gables, 2 attic sashes to the front gable and 2 oculi to the rear, each with a doorway to the rear. The rear left-hand gable has a weather vane.
INTERIOR: entrance lobby to a dogleg stair with uncut string and plain rail to a first-floor landing with trap door; the rear sections each have dogleg stairs up from the side entrances; collar truss roof with through purlins. Cast-iron C19 fireplaces, and wooden clothes racks in former bedrooms.
HISTORY: accommodated the garrison for Upnor Castle (qv), from 1668 one of the largest powder stores in the country. In the early C19 it housed 2 officers in the front section, and 64 soldiers in the rear. One of the first purpose-built barracks in England, in the style associated with Hawksmoor and the Ordnance Board at this time, and part of a Erne group with the Castle.
(English Heritage Handbook: Saunders A D: Upnor Castle, Kent: London: 1985-: 15).

Listing NGR: TQ7581070502

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