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Sergeant's Mess and Attached Basement Area Railings, St George's Barracks

A Grade II Listed Building in Gosport, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.7978 / 50°47'52"N

Longitude: -1.1267 / 1°7'36"W

OS Eastings: 461641

OS Northings: 100169

OS Grid: SU616001

Mapcode National: GBR VKC.5N

Mapcode Global: FRA 86JZ.GWC

Plus Code: 9C2WQVXF+48

Entry Name: Sergeant's Mess and Attached Basement Area Railings, St George's Barracks

Listing Date: 20 April 1983

Last Amended: 4 February 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1233823

English Heritage Legacy ID: 409403

Location: Gosport, Hampshire, PO12

County: Hampshire

Electoral Ward/Division: Town

Built-Up Area: Gosport

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Gosport Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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Sergeant's mess and attached basement area railings, St George's Barracks


Canteen, later sergeant's mess, disused. 1856-59. Yellow stock brick with stone dressings, lateral stacks each side and a flat roof 2-room plan with central through passage. EXTERIOR: Single storey and basement; 5-window range. Symmetrical front with a ground-floor band; cornice and parapet; the doorway has a stone surround and cornice, with margin and overlights and a C20 door, with steps bridging the basement area; rubbed brick flat heads to 6/6-pane sashes to both levels. INTERIOR: Plain with rooms leading off central passage and dogleg stair. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: Attached cast-iron railings with panels with diagonal bars and ball finials to basement area and front steps. HISTORY: Barrack canteens were franchised beer sellers until the Crimean War reforms, and generally taken back into army control thereafter. The barracks were a transit station for infantry built after the Crimean War. They were designed to be bomb proof, against mortar attack, because of their location just inside the Gosport Lines. This is the only example of this type of barracks in the country, forming a complete group with the Lines earthworks, and marking Gosport's importance in the defences around the Portsmouth dockyard. (Harfield A: The Gosport Barracks, sometimes known as "New Barracks": Gosport: 1988-: 16-21; Plans of the Barracks of England: South Western District: London: 1859-: 8).

Listing NGR: SU5870301371

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