Albany Street Barracks

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For the barracks on the Isle of Wight, see Albany Barracks.
Albany Street Barracks
London
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Albany Street Barracks
Albany Street Barracks is located in Greater London
Albany Street Barracks
Albany Street Barracks
Location within Greater London
Coordinates 51°31′57″N 0°08′41″W / 51.5325°N 0.1447°W / 51.5325; -0.1447Coordinates: 51°31′57″N 0°08′41″W / 51.5325°N 0.1447°W / 51.5325; -0.1447
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator  British Army
Site history
Built Early nineteenth century
Built for War Office
Garrison information
Occupants 20 Transport Squadron, Royal Logistic Corps
Artists Rifles
RHQ Queen's Royal Hussars

The Albany Street Barracks, officially known as the Regent's Park Barracks, is a British Army barracks located on Albany Street, London, near Regent's Park.

History[edit]

The barracks were built in the early nineteenth century. From 1896 to 1969, the Royal Horse Guards were based there, which later became part of the Blues and Royals.[1] With the formation of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in 1991, the Blues and Royals moved to Hyde Park Barracks, Knightsbridge. Today it is the base of 20 Transport Squadron,[2] the Artists Rifles and The Regimental Headquarters of the Queen's Royal Hussars, as well as the charity "The Queen's Royal Hussars Collection Trust".[3] In 1971 an anarchist group called The Angry Brigade bombed the barracks.[4] One of the members was held here for a time. Over the top of the entrance there is the legend "Regents Park Barracks", but outside of officialdom, it is almost always referred to as the Albany Street Barracks.[4]

Albany Street Barracks in popular culture[edit]

The music hall comedian Ida Barr, whose real name was Maud Barlow, was born in the barracks on 17 January 1882, the daughter of a Corporal-major in the Life Guards. In H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, there is a mention of it: "the sound of drumming and trumpeting came from the Albany Street Barracks".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regent's Park Barracks". Museum of London. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Royal Logistc Corps Rugby Union Club". Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Queen's Royal Hussars Collection Trust". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Recollection Books". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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