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From: Alastair Revell <>
Subject: RE: Re : Higher Barracks, Exeter.
Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 15:46:08 +0100
To add further...
I believe the Barracks housed part of the Army Record Office (Pay Related
records I think) until the Army relinquished control in the last couple of
years or so.
The majority of the ancillary buildings in the barracks have been
demolished, but the main buildings have been turned into flats with further
houses built in the grounds. The Developers are calling the site
"Horseguards" because apparently a cavalry unit was stationed there at some
point in its history. I seem to recollect that this was thought to be
pushing things a bit by some amateur local historians...
Hope that assists whoever.
> -----Original Message-----
> From:Mike Watkins [SMTP:]
> Sent:26 May 2001 13:34
> Subject:Re : Higher Barracks, Exeter.
> Hi all,
> Somebody was asking about Higher Barracks a week or so back. I thought
> there might be some current locals on the list who'd answer but they
> must all be enjoying the few sunny days that pass as an English
> Higher Barracks are (or were, up to a few years ago, at any rate) off
> Howell Road, roughly between Hoopern Street and Thornton Hill. They
> were known at one time (c.1800) as the Town Barracks. I'm not sure who
> was stationed there in the early 1900's - the Devon's were based at
> Topsham Barracks - but it was probably used, as it was after WW2, by the
> permanent staff of the county Territorial units and by the various
> ancillary Corps. (Engineers, Service Corps, etc.)
> The Barracks are shown clearly on the 1891 (?) map available on the "Old
> Maps" website. They are a little above and to the right of the Prison
> towards the top centre of the map.
> Mike, in NZ