Baron Street drill hall, Rochdale

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Baron Street drill hall
Former Drill Hall - Baron Street, Rochdale - - 4691371.jpg
Baron Street drill hall
Baron Street drill hall is located in Greater Manchester
Baron Street drill hall
Baron Street drill hall
Location within Greater Manchester
Coordinates53°36′52″N 2°09′09″W / 53.61458°N 2.15241°W / 53.61458; -2.15241Coordinates: 53°36′52″N 2°09′09″W / 53.61458°N 2.15241°W / 53.61458; -2.15241
TypeDrill hall
Site history
Built forWar Office
In usec.1865-Present

The Baron Street drill hall is a former military installation in Rochdale, England.


The building was designed as the headquarters of the 12th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers in around 1865.[1] This unit evolved to become the 2nd Volunteer Battalion the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1883 and the 6th Battalion, the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1908.[2] The battalion was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to Gallipoli and ultimately to the Western Front.[3] The drill hall continued to be used by the battalion until the Second World War[4] and, although the 6th Battalion was disbanded after the war, elements of the 5th (Volunteer) Battalion continued to use it[5] until the 1980s when it was decommissioned and sold for industrial use.[6]


  1. ^ "Baptisms at St Chad in the Town of Rochdale". Church of St Chad. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Lancashire Fusiliers". Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Lancashire Fusiliers". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Army List 1937". Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  5. ^ "5th Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers". Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  6. ^ "The Drill Hall Baron Street Rochdale OL16 1SJ". Rochdale Borough Council. Retrieved 12 August 2017.