Bear Street drill hall, Barnstaple

Coordinates: 51°04′52″N 4°03′21″W / 51.08123°N 4.05596°W / 51.08123; -4.05596
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Bear Street drill hall
Bear Street drill hall
Bear Street drill hall is located in Devon
Bear Street drill hall
Bear Street drill hall
Location within Devon
Coordinates51°04′52″N 4°03′21″W / 51.08123°N 4.05596°W / 51.08123; -4.05596
TypeDrill hall
Site history
BuiltEarly 19th century
Built forWar Office
In useEarly 19th century - 1920

The Bear Street drill hall is a former military installation in Barnstaple, Devon. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]


The building was completed in the early 19th century.[1] It became the headquarters of the Royal North Devon Yeomanry in the late 19th century.[2] The regiment was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to Gallipoli and, ultimately, to the Western Front.[3] In 1920 the regiment amalgamated with the Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry to form the Royal Devon Yeomanry at Exeter[4] and the drill hall was decommissioned and converted for retail use.[5]


  1. ^ a b "19, Bear Street". British listed buildings. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Barnstaple". The Drill Hall Project. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Royal North Devon Yeomanry (Hussars)". The Long, Long trail. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Royal North Devon Yeomanry". Archived from the original on 7 May 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Langson House". Wales online. Retrieved 27 December 2017.