Halton Barracks

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Halton Barracks were erected on what had previously been known as the "Gallows Field". [1]

A portion of land measuring approximately 30 acres was sold to the government in 1790 to build Halton Barracks.[1] After serving their purpose, they were sold for £7,000 approximately a quarter of their cost in 1823[2] to Boykett Breeds & Co. for building. Part of the site was taken over during the early 1900s by the Salvation Army.

Although not strictly contemporaneous with the creation of the barracks, it is recorded that around 1800, there were approximately 12,000 troops garrisoned in and around the town, the scale of this can be gained by comparison with the civilian population at the same time of some 3,500 individuals.[3]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hastings of Bygone Days and the Present (Henry Cousins - 1911) pg.267 ISBN: 9789332862449 ESCC Library Google Books
  2. Hastings of Bygone Days and the Present (Henry Cousins - 1911) pg.304 ISBN: 9789332862449 ESCC Library Google Books
  3. A Compendious History of Sussex: Topographical, Archæological & Anecdotical (Mark Anthony Lower) pg. 221