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Keep at Former Wellesley Barracks

A Grade II Listed Building in Halifax, Calderdale

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Latitude: 53.723 / 53°43'22"N

Longitude: -1.8933 / 1°53'35"W

OS Eastings: 407140

OS Northings: 425181

OS Grid: SE071251

Mapcode National: GBR HT6D.X4

Mapcode Global: WHB8G.WPM7

Plus Code: 9C5WP4F4+5M

Entry Name: Keep at Former Wellesley Barracks

Listing Date: 23 January 2001

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1246201

English Heritage Legacy ID: 487425

Location: Warley, Calderdale, HX2

County: Calderdale

Electoral Ward/Division: Warley

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Halifax

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Mount Pellon Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Keep at former Wellesley Barracks


Armoury, guard house and store, disused. 1875. Designed by Royal Engineer's architect. Coursed dressed stone with ashlar dressings. Lateral stacks and asphalt roof. Castellated Gothic Revival style.
PLAN: square, with ground-floor guard room and detention cells, corner stairs, stores on upper floors.
EXTERIOR: 3 storey, 3 window range. A regular, square block with opposite square stair towers rising above the roof, other 2 corners chamfered with raised parapets, with ashlar cill and lintel bands, dentil eaves and crenellated parapet. Battered ground floor to a weathered band, narrow metal-framed windows with stone lintels, stepped in threes to the stair tower.
INTERIOR: not inspected, but noted as having a fire-proof construction of iron columns to jack arches and stone open well stairs, and a standard plan with guard house, cells and various stores.
HISTORY: the keep was a secure armoury, store guard house and lock-up, the characteristic building of the local depot. The building formed part of the Cardwell reforms, which redistributed barracks around the country to encourage local connections. And assist recruitment. As such, the keep raised the local profile of the barracks, and provided an emblematic focus for the regiment. Only ten examples survive, that at Brock also part of the two most complete. Bodmin (qv) and Reading (qv).

Listing NGR: SE0714025181

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