Gloucestershire GL7 2NZ
Visitors who climb the tower of St John Baptist parish church in Cirencester can look down on Cecily Hill with its Victorian ‘Gothic’ barracks, Cirencester Park and get a sneak view of Lord Bathurst’s family home.
The hill is only a short walk from the Market Place and a pretty place to wander. The ‘Castle’ was built in 1856 for military purposes and soon became known as the Barracks. It now houses the Cirencester College business School.
The faux castle was ideal for its use as the base for the 4th Battalion of the Gloucester Regiment. During World War II it was used by the Home Guard.
This is an interesting building with an interesting heritage. It currently houses a division of Cirencester College which provides education and training opportunities to the local community.
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Turn out of Market Place, go up Cecily Hill and the Barracks is at the top on the right hand side, next to the gates for Cirencester Park.
Google Map - Cecily Hill