Carlton Place drill hall, Southampton

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Carlton Place drill hall
Southampton
Drill Hall - Carlton Place - geograph.org.uk - 4047023.jpg
Carlton Place drill hall
Carlton Place drill hall is located in Southampton
Carlton Place drill hall
Carlton Place drill hall
Location in Southampton
Coordinates 50°54′47″N 1°24′19″W / 50.91293°N 1.40530°W / 50.91293; -1.40530Coordinates: 50°54′47″N 1°24′19″W / 50.91293°N 1.40530°W / 50.91293; -1.40530
Type Drill hall
Site history
Built Early 19th century
Built for War Office
In use Early 19th century–Present

The Carlton Place drill hall is a military installation in Southampton, Hampshire.

History[edit]

The building is a former Regency era house, built in the late 1820s, to which a substantial new riding school, designed by William Hinves, was added in the late 1840s.[1][2] The complex was converted into assembly rooms in the 1860s before becoming the headquarters of the 2nd Hampshire Rifle Volunteer Corps.[1][3] This unit evolved to become the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment in 1885 and the 5th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment in 1908.[4] The battalion was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to India.[5] The battalion amalgamated with the 7th Battalion to form the 5th/7th Battalion at Southampton in 1921 but the two battalions separated again in 1939 for the duration of the Second World War.[4]

The battalion converted to form the 14th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in 1948.[4] It amalgamated with the 4th Battalion to form the 4th/5th Battalion in 1956 but, following defence cutbacks, the amalgamated battalion was disbanded in 1967.[6] Southampton Universities Officers' Training Corps moved to the drill hall in 1981.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The New Riding School, Carlton Place / Bedford Place (Interior)". Plimsoll. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Riding School". Sotonopedia. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Southampton". The Drill Hall Project. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "5th Battalion, The Royal Hampshire Regiment". Regiments.org. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Hampshire Regiment". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  6. ^ "4th Battalion, The Royal Hampshire Regiment". Regiments.org. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Southampton UOTC History". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 13 May 2017.