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Former Officers' Mess, Fenham Barracks

A Grade II Listed Building in Wingrove, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Latitude: 54.9793 / 54°58'45"N

Longitude: -1.6301 / 1°37'48"W

OS Eastings: 423772

OS Northings: 565023

OS Grid: NZ237650

Mapcode National: GBR SLW.8B

Mapcode Global: WHC3Q.X3YN

Plus Code: 9C6WX9H9+PX

Entry Name: Former Officers' Mess, Fenham Barracks

Listing Date: 17 December 1971

Last Amended: 4 February 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1186173

English Heritage Legacy ID: 304382

Location: Arthur's Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2

County: Newcastle upon Tyne

Electoral Ward/Division: Wingrove

Built-Up Area: Newcastle upon Tyne

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Newcastle St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Former officers' mess, Fenham Barracks


Artillery barracks officers' mess; now student accommodation. 1804-06, by James Wyatt, Surveyor General to the Ordnance Board, converted c1994. English bond brick with brown sandstone dressings, brick ridge stacks and slate hipped valley roof. Late Georgian style. Single-depth plan. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and basement; 7-window range. Symmetrical front with ashlar basement and plinth, first-floor cill band and eaves frieze and cornice, with the 1-window end sections set forward; central entrance has Tuscan columns to entablature blocks with Royal Artillery shields and an open pediment, in front of a round-arched doorway on pilasters with a radial fanlight and late C20 6-panel door. Round-arched late C20 ground-floor horned 6/6-pane sashes, the end ones set within matching arched recesses, and segmental-arched first-floor horned 2/2-pane sashes; matching rear has a central round-arched stair light over the entrance which cuts through the cill band. 3-bay returns have openings at the front, the outer ones blind, and the middle ground-floor window set within a round-arched recess. INTERIOR: Completely rebuilt c1994. HISTORY: The Ordnance Board were responsible during the Napoleonic War for Artillery barracks. One of the earliest surviving officers' messes in the country, the only example of a stone barracks from this period, and with the sergeants' mess and guard houses (qqv) a small part of the former Fenham Artillery Barracks. (Archaeologia Aeliana, 5th series: Breihan J: Army Barracks in the NE in the Era of the French Revolution: 1990-: 171).

Listing NGR: NZ2377265023

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