Beachley Barracks

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Beachley Barracks
Beachley, Gloucestershire in England
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Entrance to Beachley Barracks
Beachley Barracks is located in Gloucestershire
Beachley Barracks
Beachley Barracks
Shown within Gloucestershire
Coordinates51°37′13″N 002°39′11″W / 51.62028°N 2.65306°W / 51.62028; -2.65306Coordinates: 51°37′13″N 002°39′11″W / 51.62028°N 2.65306°W / 51.62028; -2.65306
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built1915 (1915)
In use1915-present
Garrison information
Occupants1st Battalion, The Rifles

Beachley Barracks is a British Army base in Beachley in England, close to Chepstow, Wales. The Barracks is located at Beachley Point between the River Severn and the River Wye.


In 1915, during the First World War, the government requisitioned a large area of land at Beachley and constructed National Shipyard No.2. However, the war ended before production had begun. Instead, in 1924 it was decided to establish a British Army Army Apprentices School (which in 1966 was renamed as an Army Apprentices College) at Beachley to ensure a core of technical qualified soldiers with excellent technical education combined with first class military training as potential NCOs and officers mainly for the specialist corps Royal Engineers, REME Plant Operator mechanics and RAOC.[1]

In November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced that the site would close in 2027.[2]


The barracks is now the permanent home of 1 Rifles.[3]


  1. ^ "Army Apprentices College, Chepstow - History". Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  2. ^ "A Better Defence Estate" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. ^ "The Rifles - Regimental overview". British Army. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.