The two depots of the Staffordshire Regiments, the 38th/80th
depot (later the South Staffords) and the 64th/98th depot (later
the North Staffords) moved from Dublin and Templemore to occupy
the barracks. The Depots had previously been in Ireland as at
the time it was the most fruitful source of recruits within
the British Isles.
During the 1880s a number of Regular units passed through the
barracks, and by the 1890s it was clear that the barracks could
easily accommodate a regular battalion as well as the Militia
on training. After a small extension to the barracks, it was
able to become a permanent station for a regular battalion.
|The Guardroom to the north of the Keep pre World War I