'A' Sqn Sherwood Rangers
B 8 Sherwood Foresters
B & C Companies 4th Nottinghamshire Volunteer Battalion
4th Bn Sherwood Foresters Militia
Sherwood street: HQ,B 8 Sherwood Foresters and B & C Companies (Kelly
Carter gate: 4th Nottinghamshire Volunteer Battalion Drill Hall
According to The Times, Monday June 22nd, 1914, 'The Duke of Portland
opened a new drill hall in Newark on Saturday.'
Kelly, 1891, lists the B & C Companies 4th Nottinghamshire Volunteer
Battalion Drill hall, Carter gate and records it as their Headquarters
in 1904. These premises still stand and were eventually used by the
Salvation Army. They are now in use as a carpet shop (2006). It is
brightly painted and seems cared for. The interior includes two balconies;
one is original, but the age of the other is uncertain and it is speculated
that it may have been constructed during the Salvation Army's use
of the building. The new balcony extends out over the front entrance
hall, the older one is a closed space over rear offices or rooms at
the far end of the hall space. The iron ceiling rosettes and the sculpted
coving are particularly attractive features.
Cooks Directory of 1900 records the Carter gate premises as the Headquarters
of the Nottinghamshire Rifle Volunteers, 4th Battalion Sherwood Foresters.
'This Battalion comprises eight Companies, viz:- Newark (two companies)
and one each of the following: Retford, Mansfield, Collingham, Worksop,
Southwell and Gedling.'
Cook, 1900 and Kelly, 1891 record the 4th Bn Sherwood Foresters Militia
Headquarters at Albert street and Kelly, 1904, lists Hawton street.
However, Hawton street is the continuation of Albert street at the
crossroads adjacent to the drill hall, and therefore the references
are to the same premises. The drill hall was known as Albert Street
Barracks and was demolished in 1974, to be replaced by housing.
It has not been possible to trace Sherwood street. It is neither shown
on any old maps nor mentioned in trades directories.
Many thanks to Pattersons Carpets for allowing me to explore the building
freely and take interior photographs.