TG2409 : Britannia Barracks, Norwich

taken 11 years ago, near to Norwich, Norfolk, Great Britain

Britannia Barracks, Norwich
Britannia Barracks, Norwich
This view was taken from St James' Hill which offers panoramic views over Norwich.

This imposing building stands on the edge of Mousehold Heath, which provided a suitable place for the training of various volunteer military formations that were formed to counter the threat of Napoleonic France. In Barrack Street stood the Cavalry Barracks, established in 1792 and later to be renamed Nelson Barracks. In the wake of the Cardwell reforms of the British Army in the 1880s, which resulted in the linking of line infantry regiments to counties, the 9th Foot - it became the Norfolk Regiment and later the Royal Norfolk Regiment - needed a new home and the Depot, named Britannia Barracks, was built on Mousehold between 1884 and 1886. It was here, in 1909, that King Edward VII reviewed troops with many thousands of the populace of Norwich using Mousehold, in particular the slope between Britannia Barracks and Gurney Road, as a great open terrace to see the King pass. The Regiment left the barracks in 1959 when it amalgamated with the Suffolk Regiment and moved to Bury-St-Edmunds. Most of the buildings subsequently became part of Norwich prison.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 30 September, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 30 September, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 243 095 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:38.2101N 1:18.8611E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 242 094
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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