SP0686 : Thorp Street Car Park (formerly First Warwickshire Rifle Volunteers Barracks), 17 Thorpe Street

taken 8 years ago, near to Birmingham, Great Britain

Thorp Street Car Park (formerly First Warwickshire Rifle Volunteers Barracks), 17 Thorpe Street
Thorp Street Car Park (formerly First Warwickshire Rifle Volunteers Barracks), 17 Thorpe Street
The garish signs of Euro Car Parks rather hide the fact that this is a very interesting building, originally built for the 1st Warwickshire Rifle Volunteers, who were a predecessor of the Territorial Army. The building was completed in November 1881, when the Corps moved here from the Bingley Hall, which they had previously used. Later the building was to become barracks of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, which was part of the regular army.

Euro Car Parks use the main entrance to give access to the large yard at the back. This was presumably the drill yard, and is what is now used for car parking. Above the entrance are the words "1st Warwickshire Rifle Volunteers". Higher up the building are two crests. The barracks stretches a long way along Thorp Street, on both sides of this entrance. It is now divided into sections and parts are used by an accountants, a bar, a Chinese restaurant amongst other uses. See:- SP0686 : Victorian buildings in Thorp Street and SP0686 : Thorp Street.
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Sunday, 20 December, 2009   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 17 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 069 863 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:28.4807N 1:53.9200W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 069 863
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