Devil's Tower Camp

Summary

Devil's Tower Camp is a military installation located just south-east of Gibraltar International Airport on the isthmus between Spain and Gibraltar.

Devil's Tower Camp
Devil's Tower Road, Gibraltar
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Devil's Tower Camp
Devil's Tower Camp is located in Gibraltar
Devil's Tower Camp
Devil's Tower Camp
Coordinates36°08′56″N 5°20′30″W / 36.14877°N 5.34174°W / 36.14877; -5.34174
TypeBarracks
Site information
OwnerFlag of Gibraltar.svg Government of Gibraltar
Site history
Built1942
Built forWar Office
In use1942-Present
Garrison information
OccupantsRoyal Gibraltar Regiment

HistoryEdit

The site dates back to 1713 when Spain ceded land to the United Kingdom under the Treaty of Utrecht.[1] The camp was established in 1942 as an RAF barracks to support RAF Gibraltar during the Second World War and was located conveniently close to the airfield.[2]

The facilities, which were increasingly used by the British Army after the War, became the home of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.[3] They were expanded and refurbished to provide a new catering complex and single living accommodation for some 450 troops in 2009.[4] The new facilities also included the Princess Royal Medical Centre, established to provide medical facilities for military personnel, which was opened by the Princess Royal during that year.[5]

In 2011 Government of Gibraltar and the UK Ministry of Defence agreed that the UK's property requirements would be filled by the Naval Base, the Airfield, Devil's Tower Camp and Four Corners so releasing extensive other property for disposal.[6]

In 2021, the field at Devil's Tower Camp was used as a football pitch to host matches in the 2020–21 Gibraltar Women's Football League, while resurfacing took place at Victoria Stadium.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The World's 18 Strangest Military Bases". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Pipes and Drums" (PDF). London Scottish Regimental Gazette. 2003. p. 73. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Trip down Rock memory lane for Royal Green Jackets". Panorama. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Single living accommodation, Devil's Tower Camp". Ramboll. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Princess Royal opens 'Her' Medical Centre". 5 March 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Gibraltar Government has unveiled a dramatic portfolio of residential and other property that passes it to it following an agreement with the Ministry of Defence". Costa Times. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  7. ^ Women’s league heads to Devil’s Tower Camp as they prepare for June internationals Gibraltar Chronicle. 17 May 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2021.