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Chance to Own a Piece of City History

An unusual opportunity has arisen to own a unique city property.

Raglan Gatehouse in Madden Road, Devonport, is on the market with property consultants Stratton Creber Commercial inviting offers in the region of £150,000.

The Grade II listed building is situated next to Brickfields and was once the main entrance into Raglan Barracks.

The building comprises an arched entrance gateway and two former guards’ houses, one each side of the arch. The property’s exterior design includes single-storey accommodation with a central clock tower.

Designed by Royal Albert Hall architect Captain Fourke, the property is believed to have been built in the mid-1850s at the time of the Crimean War and named after Lord Raglan, one of the conflict’s Allied Commanders.

On passing through the Gateway, the immediate view would have been an enormous parade ground, with army buildings around the perimeter.

The site hosted a number of royal visits – in 1887 the Prince of Wales attended Raglan Barracks for the changing of the colours ceremony for the 2nd Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry and, in 1895, the Duke of Cambridge visited to present new colours to the 2nd Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry.

The barracks were demolished at the end of the 1960s and start of the 1970s to be replaced with private sector and public housing, leaving just the gatehouse remaining.

The current structure was granted listed status in 1975, before being sold by the MOD in 1991.

Chris Ryland, Managing Director of Stratton Creber Commercial, believes the property presents a unique opportunity. He says: “The site could be developed as a grand residential design or, alternatively, would suit a variety of commercial uses, subject to planning consents, such as an office, café, restaurant, bar or community hub.”

Viewings can be arranged by contacting Chris on (01752) 670700 or by email: (chrisryland@sccplymouth.co.uk).

Raglan Gatehouse Madden Road Devonport PL1 4NE