St John's Wood Barracks
|St John's Wood Barracks|
|St John's Wood, London|
The former Barracks in St John's Wood
St John's Wood Barracks is a former military base in St John's Wood in London. Until 2012 it served as headquarters for Royal Horse Artillery troops responsible for (among other things) firing royal salutes in central London.
In 1804 a detachment of the Corps of Gunner Drivers (support unit for an artillery brigade stationed in St James's Park) was billeted in farm buildings on the St John's Wood site. By 1810 the Board of Ordnance had decided to base the brigade in its entirety on the site, and negotiated a lease from the Eyre family who owned the land. A long two-storey barrack block designated the New Artillery Barracks was completed in 1812. In 1823 the Cavalry Riding Establishment moved in and a new riding school was built for them by the Royal Engineers in 1825; they moved out to Maidstone in 1835.
During the mid 19th century the barracks were occupied by the Foot Guards. In 1880 the Royal Horse Artillery moved in and continuously occupied the barracks until February 2012 when (the lease on the property having expired) the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery relocated to the Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich.
In November 2011 Ananda Krishnan, one of the richest businessmen in Asia, acquired the Barracks from the Eyre estate for £250m with a view to creating a prime residential development. The Grade II listed Riding School of 1825 will be preserved and will accommodate a gym for residents' and community use.
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- "King's Troop: The early beginnings of the St John's Wood Barracks". 11 February 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "King's Troop moves to its 'spiritual home' in Woolwich". BBC News. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "Asian tycoon Ananda Krishnan buys St John's Wood Barracks for £250m". The Telegraph. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "Malaysian Tycoon buys St John's Wood Barracks for £250m". Saffron. Retrieved 31 August 2013.