Chaos to Cosmos
The path from chaos to cosmos was discovered by telling one's life story

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Stonehouse Barracks

Officers' Mess in Stonehouse Barracks being laid for a formal dinner.

Shame about the dull weather. And sad really to see the parade ground being used as a car park.

Napoleon's Chair

The explanation of the provenance of the chair

Lunch at The Fig Tree @ 36.

My grandfather had been a mere Quartermaster sergeant (QMS) at Stonehouse Barracks, so he won't have been using the Officers' Mess, but I had been given the rare privilege of a tour and it was exceedingly pleasant to hang out with the upper ranks for an hour or two and was shown a fascinating number of paintings, furniture and artefacts that have been collected by or given to the marines. 

And where else for lunch but the The Fig Tree at 36, Admiralty Street, Stonehouse? On my father's birth certificate, 36, Admiralty Street was the address given for his parents, so they and the new baby will have lived in the accommodation - probably rooms on one floor and a share of a cooker on the landing, it has been suggested - in what is now the current restaurant owners' home.