GM Overlay of the 1830's map, I've drawn in where the church now is, as it was not built until the 1840's or later


"The royal cavalry barracks were built in 1794, form three sides of a square, and present a striking appearance. The old infantry barracks were built in 1798, with accommodation for 2,000 men; formed, for some time, a station for the horse and foot artillery; and are now to be used for depots of cavalry. The new infantry barracks were built in 1811."


The Infantry barracks adjoining the former are of a similar description, and are capable of affording accommodation for 2000 men; they were erected in 1798, at the expense of Wm. Baldock and Thomas DeLasaux, Esquires.


"In 1811 a spacious building was erected, on an eminence at the back of the Infantry Barracks, but at a considerable distance from them or any other building , as a general infirmary for the sick or invalids of the various regiments that may be stationed in this city or its environs. It forms not only an elegant superstructure to the eye of the observer, but stands on one of the most salubrious spots that could have been pointed out, for the purpose for which it is designed." 1843


"The chief part of this extensive and commodious range of buildings was erected rather more than sixty years since; additions however have since been constantly made. The Cavalry Barracks at their erection alone cost £40,000; and there are proportionate Barracks for Artillery and Infantry as well, erected at a relative cost. Within the last two years extensive earthworths for target and ball practice and siege operations have been thrown up in the Exercise Field abutting the Military Road.

A New Military Church (or Chapel-School) was erected in 1855 in the Exercise Field behind the Cavalry Barracks. It is a handsome and commodius building, of Kentish rag-stone and Caen Stone.

The Militia Store and Guard Room is erected near the Vauxhall turnpike-gate on the Ramsgate road, contiguous to the Cavalry Barracks. It is a substantial building, recently completed, at a cost exceeding £10,000, levied on the county and city." 1860


GM Overlay of the 1907 map, its hard to tell what other buildings survive without being on the ground to see, as well, my map didn't have the Cavalry barracks so I can't tell if anything was left of this area. An old Urinal building looks like it's still standing off of Military Road, what it's used for now though I cannot say.


November 16, 1891 A fire at the Cavalry Barracks at Canterbury destroyed an extensive range of buildings, occupied as stables and married mens quarters. There was an almost complete absence of water, so that the progress of the flames was unchecked. The damage done was estimated at about 9,000l.


© T. Machado 2007