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HER Number:MDV42915
Name:Ottery St Mary, Barracks


Site of early 19th century military barracks at Ottery St Mary.


Grid Reference:SY 087 951
Map Sheet:SY09NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishOttery St. Mary
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOTTERY ST.MARY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY09NE/123

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BARRACKS (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Unknown, WO 55/2689 (Record Office Collection). SDV109407.

Breihan, J. R., 1990, Army barracks in Devon during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, 133-58 (Article in Serial). SDV336175.

1803 infantry barracks of wooden construction. For 576 men and 29 officers. Probably built to the same plan as Woodbridge, Suffolk and Berry Head, Kingsbridge and Stonehouse in Devon. If so, Ottery barracks would have consisted of 4 or 5 quadrangles. In 1811 517 men were housed here.

Wakefield, C., 2011, Napoleonic Barracks Ottery St Mary (Correspondence). SDV347278.

The location of the barracks has so far been determined by the 19th century tithe apportionment field name, 'Barrack Field' plot 2921.

The road leading north and west out of Ottery St Mary is called Barrack Road and is now the main route from Ottery, although the road leading from the west side of the bridge, now called Strawberry Lane was historically probably the more important. The 'C' stone for St Saviour's Bridge was on this road, not Barrack Road. May be Barrack Road was realigned or new built in the 1800s.

A reference to the barracks is documented in Whetham's 'Manor Book of Ottery'. The reference given for this is 'Cadhay Papers bundle 3', which may be held at the Devon Record Office.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV109407Record Office Collection: Unknown. WO 55/2689. MPH 233. Unknown.
SDV336175Article in Serial: Breihan, J. R.. 1990. Army barracks in Devon during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 122. A5 Paperback. 133-58.
SDV347278Correspondence: Wakefield, C.. 2011. Napoleonic Barracks Ottery St Mary. A4 single Sheet + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV42861Related to: Early 19th Century Army Barracks, Dodbrooke (Monument)
MDV119515Related to: Post-medieval Ditch at Island Farm, Ottery St Mary (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 7 2017 12:21PM