Wellington Barracks

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Wellington Barracks
London
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Wellington Barracks
Wellington Barracks is located in Greater London
Wellington Barracks
Wellington Barracks
Location within London
Coordinates 51°29′59″N 0°8′16″W / 51.49972°N 0.13778°W / 51.49972; -0.13778Coordinates: 51°29′59″N 0°8′16″W / 51.49972°N 0.13778°W / 51.49972; -0.13778
Type Barracks
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator  British Army
Site history
Built 1833
In use 1833-Present
Garrison information
Occupants Grenadier Guards

The Foot Guards Battalions on public duties in London are located in barracks conveniently close to Buckingham Palace for them to be able to reach the Palace very quickly in an emergency. In central London, a battalion is based at Wellington Barracks, Westminster, about 300 yards from Buckingham Palace between Birdcage Walk and Petty France. Wellington Barracks is also home to all of the Foot Guards bands and all of the Regimental Headquarters.

History[edit]

Wellington Barracks were designed by Sir Francis Smith and Philip Hardwick and opened in 1833.[1] The Guards Chapel was rebuilt in the 1960s after the original chapel was destroyed by a bomb in World War II.[2] On 31 August 2007, Diana, Princess of Wales' two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, organised a memorial service in her honour on the 10th anniversary of her death in the Guards Chapel.[3] The Grenadier Guards are currently based at the barracks.[4]

Amenities[edit]

Wellington Barracks has many amenities open to those working and living within the Barracks. There is a NAAFI Bar for the Junior Ranks, which has many games available including horse racing and snooker tables. The NAAFI shop with a self-serve restaurant, a masseur and Corporals' Mess are located here. There is a Single Serving Personnel Room with internet access available, as well as an Interactive Learning facility open to all serving soldiers and their dependants. Elsewhere there is an Officers' Mess, Sergeants' Mess, and a gymnasium with squash courts. The Guards Museum houses a collection of uniforms, colours and artefacts spanning over 300 years of history of the Foot Guards.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Three Parks – Daylight Route". The Serpentine. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Humphreys, Rob (212). The Rough Guide to London, p.60. Rough Guides. ISBN 978-1405386982. 
  3. ^ "Princes lead Diana memorial service tributes". The Telegraph. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Armed Forces". Hansard. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 

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