Vauxhall Barracks

Coordinates: 51°36′28″N 01°14′41″W / 51.60778°N 1.24472°W / 51.60778; -1.24472
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Vauxhall Barracks
Vauxhall Barracks
Vauxhall Barracks is located in Oxfordshire
Vauxhall Barracks
Vauxhall Barracks
Location within Oxfordshire
Coordinates51°36′28″N 01°14′41″W / 51.60778°N 1.24472°W / 51.60778; -1.24472
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built forWar Office
In use1910s-Present
Garrison information
Occupants11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Regiment RLC

Vauxhall Barracks is a British Army installation in Didcot, Oxfordshire. It is set to close in 2034.


The barracks were established during the First World War alongside a depot for storing explosives from Woolwich Arsenal.[1] By the end of the War 1,900 troops were based there.[1] Then during the Second World War elements of the Royal Berkshire Regiment were based at the barracks.[2]

The ordnance depot closed in 1964 when operations were moved to Bicester;[3] Didcot power station was built on the site.[4] The barracks, though, were retained; since 1982 they have has been the home of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Regiment RLC.[5] They are now known as Vauxhall Barracks.[5]

Based units[edit]

The following notable units are based at Vauxhall Barracks.[6][7]

Royal Logistic Corps


In November 2016, the Ministry of Defence announced that the site would close in 2028.[8] This was later extended to 2034.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Didcot: the essential guide". p. 14. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  2. ^ "8th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A black and white photo of the Advance Party leaving the TA Centre on 30/9/1939 to move to Vauxhall Barracks, Didcot". Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Bicester Military Railway". Bicester Local History Society. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  4. ^ Steer, Brigadier Frank (2005). To The Warrior His Arms: the story of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps 1918-1993. Barnsley, S. Yorks: Pen & Sword.
  5. ^ a b "Bomb heroes' charity given honour". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  6. ^ Heyman, Charles (2013). The Armed Forces of the United Kingdom 2014-2015. Barnsley, England: Pen & Sword. p. 110. ISBN 978 1 78346 351 0.
  7. ^ "11 EOD&S Regiment RLC". British Army. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  8. ^ "A Better Defence Estate" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Hansard, 25 November 2021". Retrieved 26 November 2021.