St Mary's Street drill hall, Huntingdon

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St Mary's drill hall
Huntingdon
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St Mary's drill hall
St Mary's drill hall is located in Cambridgeshire
St Mary's drill hall
St Mary's drill hall
Location within Cambridgeshire
Coordinates52°19′41″N 0°10′57″W / 52.32805°N 0.18255°W / 52.32805; -0.18255Coordinates: 52°19′41″N 0°10′57″W / 52.32805°N 0.18255°W / 52.32805; -0.18255
TypeDrill hall
Site history
BuiltLate 19th century
Built forWar Office
In useLate 19th century-Present

The St Mary's Street drill hall is a former military installation in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

History[edit]

The building was designed as the headquarters of the 1st Huntingdonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps and completed in the late 19th century.[1] The unit evolved to become the 4th Volunteer Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment in 1900.[2] The presence at the drill hall was reduced to a single company, H Company, 5th Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment in 1908 but restored to a full battalion when the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion was formed in February 1914.[2] The battalion was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 but remained in the United Kingdom throughout the First World War.[3] The battalion was disbanded at the end of the War and the drill was subsequently decommissioned and converted for retail use.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalions 1914 - 1919". Porch Museum. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "The Huntingdonshire Battalion". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 26 December 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  3. ^ James, Brigadier E. A. (2012). British Regiments 1914-1918. Naval and Military Press. ISBN 0 906304 03 2.
  4. ^ "Huntingdon Sale Rooms". Cyclex. Retrieved 20 September 2017.