History

Sea Cadets helps teenagers to stretch themselves and become the best they can be. We know what that takes because we've been doing it for over 160 years.

The turbulence of youth

The pressures that young people face are ever-changing, but what remains constant is that the teenage years can be turbulent. Independence is exciting, but also daunting.

For orphans of the Crimean War, sleeping in the back streets of England’s sea ports, life looked bleak. To help them, coastal communities banded together to provide places for sailors to pass on nautical skills and training to give these destitute young people a future. This is how, in 1856, the Naval Lads’ Brigade was born.

Royal patronage

Soon, they were springing up across the country, and in 1899, Queen Victoria marked their importance to young people by becoming Patron, and giving £10 to the Windsor unit for uniforms.

Today, HM The Queen is our Patron and HRH The Prince Andrew Duke of York KG GCVO is our Admiral of the Corps.

Scroll through our gallery to learn more about our rich history....

The unit history is somewhat unchartered - but we believe the unit was founded in the late 1950's/early 1960's.

If you have any information about the units history, you may have been a cadet, local resident or member of a neighbouring unit. Any information is gratefully received!

The unit moved to our current premises in Flower Lane in late 2016 - under the command of Chief Petty Officer (SCC) Dean Hagger who took over command from Lt (SCC) Tebby RNR in 2014.

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