Colchester Archaeological Trust
CAT Report 739: summary
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Historic building recording at the Sergeants’ Mess, formerly the Officers’ Quarters, Le Cateau Barracks, Colchester, Essex - November 2013
by Chris Lister
(with contributions from -)
Date report completed: March 2014
Location: Sergeants’ Mess, formerly the Officers’ Quarters, Le Cateau Barracks, Colchester, Essex
Map reference(s): TL 9935 2455 (c)
File size: 3,976 kb
Project type: Historic building recording
Significance of the results: -
Keywords: military, barracks
A programme of building recording was carried out by the Colchester Archaeological Trust on building LEC 3 at the decommissioned Le Cateau Barracks on Colchester Garrison.
Building LEC 3, which became known as the Sergeants’ Mess towards the end of the 20th century, was originally constructed as Officers’ Quarters for the 19th-century Artillery Barracks. LEC 3 is a Grade II listed brick building dating from 1874-5, with extensions and alterations dating to 1904 and 1922-62. The building is highly significant to Colchester for several reasons. It is one of the few surviving buildings of the early permanent barracks in
the town, which evolved from the changes in military thinking that arose in the aftermath of the Crimean War; it has a direct association with the First World War, with men of the Royal Field Artillery stationed in Colchester taking part in the Battle of Le Cateau in 1914; and it has a high architectural merit, with elaborate decoration and fine fixtures and fittings, many of which have survived intact.