ABOVE: A parade on the Barrack Square.
The square was the domain of the Battery Serjeant Major, or Regimental Serjeant Major in non-artillery units. Woe betide any man or officer walking across it without good reason. The cry of, “That man there!”, or, “You sir!”, would ring out, bringing the offending soldier or officer to a sudden halt. This would be followed by a fearful lecture by the Serjeant Major, telling the offender exactly why he should not walk across the square. Regardless of rank, the Serjeant Major was, and still is, a man to be respected by all, including the Commanding Officer.
Here soldiers would have lived, worked, drilled and attended parades. When in use by the army, the buildings would have been painted regularly and kept spotlessly clean. Frequent barrack room inspections kept the soldiers on their toes.
Somewhat dilapidated in the photos above and below, the once spotless accommodation and offices on each side of the Parade Square, which is now a car park.
The Square today is in pristine condition. The buildings are now the Tourism Academy. There is an exhibition of old photos on display there.