Higher Barracks, Exeter

Richard Parker, 2007

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Richard Parker (2007) Higher Barracks, Exeter [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1000281


Postcard view of the entrance to Higher Barracks

Higher Barracks at Exeter were established in the late 18th century as part of a national scheme to improve military accommodation in response to the threat of an invasion during the French Revolutionary Wars. A site on the outskirts of the city was chosen and surrounded by a perimeter wall, within which an impressive group of buildings was constructed. These included a Regimental Headquarters building, barrack ranges and ancillary structures such as a hospital, canteen, workshops, barns, veterinary stables and a riding school. Following a further invasion scare in 1803 the barracks were enlarged and remained in use as a military installation throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Unlike many comparable buildings Higher Barracks had survived almost complete until their disuse in 1997. This report describes this important group of buildings and presents the evidence for their function and development recovered during archaeological work prior to their recent redevelopment for housing.