Grade 2 listed Fulwood Barracks, one of the few intact from its time, is to be closed as a barracks. This follows a property revue by the Ministry of Defence who are to close several other older and smaller barracks.
The barracks was completed in 1848 after the Chartist riots and now holds the 42nd Infantry Brigade who will be moved to Weeton Barracks near Blackpool.
What will happen to the Infantry Museum on site is another matter. The Museum of Lancashire is currently closed and has a similar collection.
What will become of the site is a bigger matter. It certainly is an interesting looking building made of large blocks of stone and with the old quarters still in place. The Ministry is suggesting they are creating building land. If that is to be the case let’s hope it’s a sympathetic plan and that some interesting use can be made of the barracks.