St Leonard's-on-Sea

Hatherley road
Drill Hall, Church street
Tower road west

2nd Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers Eastern Division Royal Artillery, Hatherley road (Kelly, 1899)
2nd Cinque Ports Royal Garrison (Heavy Artillery); head quarters [and 1st Heavy Battery], Hatherley road (Kelly, 1905)
Sussex (1st) Royal Engineers, Drill hall, Tower road west. (Kelly, 1905)

Head quarters,1st and 2nd Sussex Batteries, Ammunition column, 1st Home Counties Brigade Royal Field Artillery, Drill hall, Church street
5th Sussex Battery, 2nd Home Counties Brigade Royal Field Artillery (right section)
'2nd Home Counties Field Co. Royal Engineers, Tower road west.'
ds 'D' Squadron Sussex Yeomanry
(References Kelly, 1911)

The '2nd Home Counties Field Co. Royal Engineers, Tower road west' also provided premises for Hastings & St. Leonard's Cadet Corps for Working Lads at the drill hall. (Kelly, 1911)

In St Leonard's-on-Sea, the one time home of the head quarters and the right section of the 5th Sussex Battery, 2nd Home Counties Brigade Royal Field Artillery still stands in Hatherley Road. Now known as the Seaview project, it provides a drop-in centre for local people.

Plans exist in the East Sussex Record Office that date the building back to 1872, and the Hastings News, 31st January, 1873, reports:
'Volunteers Shed
A new shed was to be the HQ of the 7th Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers, on the corner of Hatherley Road and Southwater Road. It was economy and utility. 90 ft x 60 ft, with inside drill hall 80 ft x 40 ft. Thomas Elworthy was the architect, David Parks the builder. 650 plus land. The roads in its neighbourhood were a mass of mud a foot deep.'

On 14th March, 1873, the News reported the CPAV dragged two 40 pounder Armstrong guns from Hastings Station to their new depot. They then started drill for breech-loading.

East Sussex Record Office holds plans dated 5th July, 1901, from Hastings Borough Council: Plans submitted for approval under buildings regulations bylaws [DH/C/6/1/5300 - DH/C/6/1/7499] 10, TOWER ROAD WEST - ref. DH/C/6/1/6729 - Drill Hall at rear
St Leonards on Sea - Hatherley Road Drill Hall
Hatherley Road Drill Hall


St Leonards on Sea - Hatherley Road Drill Hall
Hatherley Road Drill Hall


St Leonards on Sea - Hatherley Road Drill Hall
Hatherley Road Drill Hall


St Leonards on Sea - Hatherley Road Drill Hall
Hatherley Road Drill Hall
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