There have been discussions recently between the States and the military authorities over what to do with the various arsenals situated around the island.
Mostly constructed in the 1840s, the arsenals replaced parish churches as stores for the Jersey Militia’s arms and equipment. On the outbreak of war, the country arsenals of St Mary, St Peter, St Lawrence, St Martin and Grouville became centres for the island’s defence, providing both depots and accommodation for various Militia units responsible for guarding the coast.
the disbandment of the Militia in February this year, however, most arsenals are no longer required for military purposes. Instead, the Jersey Garrison Battalion, which is a full time force, is stationed principally at Fort Regent and St Peter’s Barracks. Grouville Arsenal remains in use, as a command and recruitment centre for the east of the island, while the military intends holding on to the New Town Arsenal situated in Rouge Bouillon.
As for the now redundant facilities, the army has suggested using them to house wives of serving soldiers, who for a small allowance will also act as caretakers. The extensive surrounding land could be turned over to growing crops.
D/AP/R/13/40 contains a number of records and items of correspondence relating to the upkeep and possible use of various arsenals.