Old Street drill hall, Ashton-under-Lyne

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Old Street drill hall
Ashton-under-Lyne
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Old Street drill hall
Old Street drill hall is located in Greater Manchester
Old Street drill hall
Old Street drill hall
Location within Greater Manchester
Coordinates53°29′12″N 2°05′54″W / 53.48673°N 2.09845°W / 53.48673; -2.09845Coordinates: 53°29′12″N 2°05′54″W / 53.48673°N 2.09845°W / 53.48673; -2.09845
TypeDrill hall
Site history
Built1887
Built forWar Office
In use1887-Present

The Old Street drill hall is a former military installation in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England.

History[edit]

The building was designed as the headquarters of the 7th Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps and completed in 1887. This unit evolved to become the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, The Manchester Regiment in 1888 and the 9th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment in 1908.[1] The battalion was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to Gallipoli and, ultimately, to the Western Front.[2] Follow the cut-backs in 1967, the presence at the drill hall was reduced to a single company, C (Manchester) Company, 2nd Battalion, Lancastrian Volunteers in 1971; this unit evolved to become C Company, 4th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Lancashire Regiment in 1975 and C Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1986.[3] Although the Company was disbanded in the 1990s, the drill hall continues to be used by the Army Cadet Force.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "9th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "The Manchester Regiment". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  3. ^ "4th Battalion, The Queen's Lancashire Regiment". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 11 November 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Ashton campaigners in battle on to save the historic Armoury". Manchester Evening News. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2017.