Grading: Grade 1 (Block S4, Block S61, Block S62, Block 58 & Kowloon West II Battery)
In the 1890s, the first barracks in the Kowloon Peninsula were built and named after Major General Henry Whitfield, commander of the British troops in China, Hong Kong, and the Straits Settlements. Initially built for the British Indian garrisons in Hong Kong, the Whitfield Barracks contained 85 blocks at its peak. After the Second World War, the British army returned the military sites in the urban areas, including the Whitfield Barracks, to the colonial government. The barracks were closed in 1967 and originally planned for commercial and residential uses. However, the site was rebuilt as Kowloon Park in the end, offering a space for all members of the community. Among the four barrack blocks remaining on the site, two were made the temporary home of the Hong Kong Museum of History, which has now become the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre. The Kowloon West II Battery in the barracks site, which was built in the 1870s, has been preserved and transformed into a children’s playground. Displayed in the playground is a historical artillery gun recovered in 1980 from a construction site in Tsim Sha Tsui.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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