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Type H Barrack Blocks

Hob Uid: 1384617
Location :
Oxfordshire
Cherwell
Caversfield
Grid Ref : SP5880324627
Summary : A group of two type "H" barrack blocks at RAF Bicester. They were built in 1939 as part of a project knon as "Scheme M". As the name of the barrack type suggests they are H shaped structures, built of brock with flat concrete roofs. They were considered an improvment on previous types, in terms of both domestic and defensive arrangements. In May 2003 they were recommended by an English Heritage report as being potentially suitable for listing at Grade II.
More information : The two Type H barrack block buildings (buildings 23 and 25) were included in an English Heritage Thematic Listing Programme report produced in May 2003. They were recommended as being potentially suitable for listing at Grade II. They were described as having been constructed in "1939, one of a group built as part of Scheme M. From 1938, and coinciding with Bulloch's replacement by P M Stratton, new buildings and stations...made increasing use of concrete and flat roofs in order to respectively speed up the building process and counter the effects of shrapnel and incendiary bombs. The planning of these barracks provided a direct response tio the demand for increased standards of accomodation on military airfields, including the provision of sitting rooms." (1)

Plan SP5824 and plan SP 5924. The H-block to the south west is centered at SP 5876 2458. The larger H-block to the north east is centered at SP 5882 2467. The current (2003) HSIS 1:10000 map depiction does not show the more southerly H-block. (2)

Listed at grade II. (3)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : English Heritage field survey reports
Source details : English Heritage Field Thematic Listing Programme May 2003: "Survey of Military Aviation Sites and Structures Summary Report", unpaged.
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Source Number : 2
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500, 1968.
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Source Number : 3
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : CHERWELL, 01-DEC-2008
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Vol(s) : 1714

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Second World War
Display Date : Built 1939
Monument End Date : 1939
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Barracks
Evidence : Extant Building

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External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 104631
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 497518
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SP 52 SE 75
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Associated Activities : Primary, INVESTIGATION BY RCHME/EH ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-11-14
End Date : 1995-11-14