Whitfield Barracks

Whitfield Barracks

Whitfield Barracks

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Whitfield Barracks () were barracks in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The area is now the site of Kowloon Park, where several reconverted buildings remain.

It was named after Henry Wase Whitfield, the commander of British Army in Hong Kong.

History

In the 1890s, the Barracks were first built for the British Indian garrisons. Twenty five barrack blocks were built by 1906; the Barracks were developed in subsequent years. By 1910, there had been 85 barrack buildings constructed. A mosque was also built at the southeastern corner of the site for worship by the garrison.

It belonged to the British Military Force when Hong Kong was under British rule. The premises was later returned to the Government of Hong Kong in 1967. In 1970, the Urban Council redeveloped the site into the Kowloon Park.

The Government ignited some controversy when it made proposals in 1982 for a strip of retail premises fronting Nathan Road included to be carved into the hill of Kowloon Park. The move was opposed by the Urban Council, as well as the Moslem community, whose mosque was close by.

Remaining buildings

The remaining Blocks 58, S4, S61 and S62 of the former barracks are listed as Grade III historic buildings.

Blocks S61 and S62 were constructed in circa 1910. They are a pair of identical two storied...
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