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Percy Square Barracks, North Shields

In 1758 barracks were erected for 1,000 men in North Shields, when there was fear of invasion, during a period of conflict with France over territories in the Americas. The barracks were associated with Clifford's Fort (constructed 1672). The barracks were later converted into dwelling-houses, known as Percy Square. Some of the cottages collapsed onto the shore, due to costal erosion. Some were demolished in c.1929, for the construction of the Knotts Memorial Flats.

North Shields 1758 Sir James Knott Memorial Flats Demolished Clifford's Fort
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PLA 11.9.86B Percy Square

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Tyne and Wear HER(1971): North Shields, Barracks
- "Barracks dating to before 1792. The barracks were made up of a square of cottages (Percy Square) built during the French Wars, when invasion was a daily expectation. Many of …

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Tyne & Wear HER: 1971
Borough: North Tyneside
Grid ref: NZ36456896


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