A,B & C Companies 4th Volunteer Battalion
'The Drill Hall in Walmsley street, the property of the Stalybridge
detachment ... of the 6th Territorial Force Battalion Cheshire Regiment,
was erected about 1880 at a cost of over £5,000' (Kelly 1914).
The drill hall was in an area of Stalybridge called Castle Hall, which
comprised hundreds of terraced houses in a grid of streets. It is
marked on the OS map of 1897 on the corner of Astley street and Walmsley
street, spanning a whole block of housing to the next street in the
grid. Opposite the drill hall was atraingle of grass which was used
for shooting practice.
Local people remember concerts in the drill hall and recall its use
as a skating rink. It was also used by army cadets, then left empty
and, unfortunately, vandalised.
This drill hall was demolished in the 1970s and nothing now remains
as evidence of its existence.
to read extracts from 'Streets away from Paradise' by Eli Hague where he describes his memories of the drill hall. Eli was born in 1913 so the time he is writing about is probably the mid 1920's.
to read extracts from 'Bygone Stalybridge' by Samuel Hill, 1907.
These extracts were kindly offered by Judith Heap and we are most grateful.
to read a newspaper cutting saved in the scrapbook of a relative of Judith Heap.
Stalybridge drill hall - Tameside archive No t11236
Stalybridge drill hall, First World War Recruits, Cheshire Regiment - Tameside archive No t1298
Location of Stalybridge Drill Hall - Click here