Fulwood Barracks

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Fulwood Barracks
Fulwood, Lancashire
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Fulwood Barracks
Fulwood Barracks is located in Preston
Fulwood Barracks
Fulwood Barracks
Location within Preston
Coordinates 53°46′41″N 02°41′9″W / 53.77806°N 2.68583°W / 53.77806; -2.68583Coordinates: 53°46′41″N 02°41′9″W / 53.77806°N 2.68583°W / 53.77806; -2.68583
Type Barracks
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator  British Army
Site history
Built 1842–1848
Built for War Office
In use 1848-Present
Garrison information
Occupants 42 (North West) Brigade

Fulwood Barracks is a military installation at Fulwood in Preston, Lancashire, England.


The barracks were built between 1842 and 1848 as a base, initially at least, for the 2nd Battalion 60th Rifles following the chartist riots.[1] In 1861 an unfortunate incident took place when Private Patrick McCaffery shot both the Commanding Officer and the Adjutant of the base: he was hanged for the offence.[2]

In 1873 a system of recruiting areas based on counties was instituted under the Cardwell Reforms and the barracks became the depot for the 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot and the 81st Regiment of Foot (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers).[3] Following the Childers Reforms, the 47th and 81st Regiments amalgamated as the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with its depot at the barracks in 1881.[3]

The barracks also served as the depot of the East Lancashire Regiment from 1898, when the regiment re-located from Burnley Barracks, until 1939.[1] The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and the East Lancashire Regiment both returned to the barracks shortly after the Second World War.[1] The barracks, which went on to become the regional centre for infantry training as the Lancastrian Brigade Depot in 1960,[4] became the depot of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment in 1970 as well as Headquarters North West District in 1977 and then the headquarters of 42 (North West) Brigade in 1991.[5] The keep, and 15 other buildings and structures in the barracks, are Grade II listed buildings.[6][7]

In November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced that the site would close in 2022.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "The Lancashire infantry museum". Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fragging at Fulwood". Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Training Depots". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 10 February 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Infantry Brigade Depots (Location)". Hansard. 7 March 1958. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Fulwood Barracks". Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Keep, Fulwood Barracks, Fulwood". Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Listed Building Title Search". Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "A Better Defence Estate" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.