Now the Wyndford estate, the surrounding wall and gatehouse is all that remains of the famous Maryhill Barracks.


The new barracks near Glasgow

From The Builder, April 27 1877, P.398

The operations in connection with the large military establishment at Maryhill are being rapidly pushed forwards, and it is hoped that by close of the current year but little will be wanting to complete the work. By the erection of the new barracks on a pleasant site on the eastern bank of the Kelvin, and about 2.5 miles to the North of Glasgow, the intention of the war office is to supersede the old military depot in Gallowgate, a crowded and somewhat unhealthy district of the city, at least before the improvement trustees entered so vigorously upon the important scheme they have in hand.

Originally the buildings at Maryhill were in the hands of a contractor who broke the ground some 6 years ago, but some misunderstanding arising, the War Department determined on assuming more direct control of the works.
These, we learn have been carried on by a system of civil and military labour combined, and which haas been attended by the most gratifying results. The buildings in course of erection cover an area of about 30 acres, allowing an additional 30 acres for the purpose of a drill and exercise ground. Fortunately the authorities were able to find upon their own ground a supple of stone excellently adapted for building purposes, and this it is computed, has enabled them to save several thousands of pounds. 

Accommodation will ultimately be provided within the boundary for a battalion of infantry 800 strong, stables for a squadron of cavalry, and quarters for a battery of field artillery.

We have already described in these columns the plans for the various buildings in detail, but it may not be out of place to recall the leading features. From the extensive site it will he readily seen that the separate buildings are varied in character, and in every way adequate to the requirements of a large military establishment. Among the more prominent may be mentioned a chapel and school in the gothic style of architecture, a spacious hospital which is all but finished, baths, was houses, canteen, games room, and a gymnasium to be fitted up I the most approved style.

The authorities have thus shown every desire to study not only the health and convenience of the men in question by providing them with suitable and commodious quarters, but have had due regard to the requirements of their higher nature in affording them the means of instruction and recreation.

The main entrance to the infantry section of the barracks is by a massive ornamental gateway on the Maryhill road, while the artillery and cavalry entrance will be by the Balgray road. The burgh of Maryhill is a thriving one, and the are many collieries and public works close at hand. The surrounding district however is rich in scenes of natural beauty, and when viewed from the aristocratic terraces of Great Western Road, the architectural features of the barracks serve greatly to enhance the general effect of the landscape.

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