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Barracks: Introduction

Before the 1790's soldiers were generally lodged in inns, stables and alehouses.  

Gradually barracks were built.   Barrack rooms were supplied with a trestle table, some benches and two copper boilers in which soldiers cooked their own food.   There was a wooden urinal tub for use at night; during the day it was useful for washing clothes.   There were no places for soldiers to wash themselves.

Even in a period when life was hard for most people the soldiers' poor living conditions caused the peacetime death rate amongst them to be twice that of the civilian population.

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