College Road

Headquarters, B, ds E 5 North Staffordshire
B Squadron Staffs Yeomanry
2 N Midland Bde RFA
2 N Midland Bde Ammunition Column

Victoria Road

N Midland Divisional Telegraph Coy RE B and I Cos. 1st Volunteer Battalion Prince of Wales's North Staffordshire Rifle Volunteers

The Drill Hall, College Rd, Hanley was opened by Lord Methuen on March 21st 1903, according to a report in The Times.

*The Drill Hall at Hanley was also home to B Squadron Staffs Yeomanry, 2 N Midland Brigade RFA, 2 North Midland Bde Ammunition Column, N Midland Divisional Telegraph Coy RE (listed as Victoria Rd / Victoria Park). It was also referred to as The Barracks, Victoria Square, Shelton

Kelly, 1904, gives B and I Cos. 1st Volunteer Battalion, Prince of Wales's North Staffordshire Rifle Volunteers, who 'have their headquarters in the town [at Town Hall yard, and Market place (Stoke)]' but 'the Drill hall is in Victoria road, Hanley' where they are listed as B, K and O Cos. Also, he lists 'Shropshire & Staffordshire Royal Garrison Artillery (Heavy Artillery), Barracks, Victoria square, Hanley.'

Kelly, 1912, states that, 'The Territorial Force stationed in Hanley comprises the B Squadron Staffordshire Yeomanry, the 2nd North Midland Brigade Royal Field Artillery, the North Midland Divisional Telegraph Co. Royal Engineers, and 5th Battalion Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment), the latter having their head quarters and drill hall in Victoria road.' This also lists Staffs Yeomanry at 24 Howard place, Shelton, and the Artillery 'head quarters, Barracks, Victoria square'

There is a reference to the Drill Hall in the 1907 Staffordshire Sentinel, 'Business Reference Guide to The Potteries, Newcastle & District':
'The Temperance Hall in High-street is much used for public meetings, which are also sometimes held at the Volunteer Drill Hall, a commodious building in Victoria-road, Shelton. This hall is the headquarters of the 1st V.B. North Staffordshire Regiment, which is commanded by Colonel Dobson. Captain A. E. Blizzard is the commander of the Hanley detachment ("B," " K," and " 0 " Companies).

The Artillery Barracks are close by in Victoria-square. Lieutenant-Colonel Favell commands this corps, and Major H. E. Bishop is the headquarters staff officer.'

Victoria Road

Victoria Road

Portico - Victoria Road
Thank you to Richard Howells for this photograph.

Detail of Plaque - Victoria Road

Rear aspect of Victoria Road ?
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