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Barrack Street, Warwick
Barrack Street is a road to the north of Warwick town centre.
It runs southeast from the north end of Northgate Street to Theatre Street.
To the north of the road runs Joyce Pool (previously known as Joes Pool), where Joyce Pool House once stood.
Barrack Street gains its name from the Crown Court building, which was once used as a military barracks.
Prior to this the road was named Bridewell Lane, after the Bridewell which stood on the north side of the road.
Before this time it was called Wallditch Street. It is believed that the former town wall and town ditch ran along its course.
The 1851 map shows 11 terraced buildings on the southern side of the road, opposite what was then the bridewell. Kemp describes a building in this position in 1905 as "a house with an overhanging upper story, the eastern end of which appears to be supported by a half-figure of a man in a blouse." He goes on to say "This is a plaster cast of one Dodson, a well known bricklayer in the town, taken during life."
The western end of Barrack Street formally crossed The Holloway to Theatre Street via an iron bridge. At the end of Barrack Street was a steep footpath leading down to The Holloway. The area has since been completely relandscaped, with The Holloway changed from a main road to a stopped up dead end.
1: Survey in 1851 by the Ordnance Survey Department in accordance with the previsions of the Public Health Act. Scale: Ten feet to one statute mile. Available at Warwick County Records Office.
2: A History of Warwick and its People by Thomas Kemp. Published 1905 by Henry T. Cooke & Son. Page 210
3: A History of Warwick and its People by Thomas Kemp. Published 1905 by Henry T. Cooke & Son. Page 210
Categories: Roads in the centre of Warwick
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