Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: September 29, 2019
Webpage updated: April 07, 2022




Millbay Barracks was built circa 1794 to house prisoners-of-war.

Milbay Barracks on the right, foreground.
Courtesy of Steve John, Cyberheritage.

A description of the Barracks published in "The Picture of Plymouth", published in 1812, reads:

'Temporary barracks have been erected here capable of holding 1,000 men; apartments for the officers are stationed near them.  The first enclosure contains the guard-room for the prison, where a captain's guard is daily mounted, and various necessary appendages to the barracks are placed; in the second enclosure are the barracks and a hospital for the sick.  The prospect from this parade is a very fine one.  At present the Shropshire Militia are quartered here.'

Close by the Barracks was the Millbay Prison for prisoners of war.

The site was later used, in the 1870s, for the headquarters of the 2nd Devon Volunteer Corps and a huge drill-hall was built for them.