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A CENTRAL INFIRMARY STABLE

As the British Army constructed its new camp during the 1850's and 60's it undertook a number of projects to sculpt the surrounding area to its own unique needs. One such major undertaking was the building of the retaining wall in 1854 surrounding Mount Pleasant on the southern ridge, the land which was to become the Southern or Beaumont barracks.

A closer look at a contemporary map reveals the original landscape, with the land sloping gently upwards to a narrow ridge southwest of the military or Thornhill railway, before rising more steeply towards the police station on Mount Pleasant. The soil in this area was 'Bagshot Sand' - poor quality not suited to heavy construction - but the small ridge did provide good drainage and was therefore considered suitable for a small range of stables. With political pressure being applied in the aftermath of the Crimean War, when so many horses had been killed, this location was finally chosen for the building of a central infirmary stable. In 1858, construction was begun on the three ranges of infirmary stables.

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