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Drill Hall Oldham

Oldham's Drill Hall: A Proud Military History Overshadowed by Flames.

This was a joint explore with.. Chris of RazorTwistedExploring 

The red-brick structure featured a distinctive castellated facade with flanking towers and a central gatehouse, capable of holding a reportedly sizeable contingent of 1,000 troops. This capacity reflected the emphasis on increased volunteer participation mandated by the Cardwell Reforms.

The building's subsequent history intertwined with national military developments.  Following the Haldane Reforms of 1908, the resident unit transitioned to become the 10th Manchesters.  However, the Drill Hall's fate in the late 20th century remains unclear.  The 2007 attempt by Oldham Council to grant the building listed status due to its potential architectural or historical significance suggests recognition of its role in the town's military heritage.  

This would of been the reception area

The hall witnessed its soldiers transform into the 10th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment in 1908.  These brave men were mobilised here in August 1914, embarking on a journey that would see them fight in Gallipoli and the brutal trenches of the Western Front.

Taken on the upper level, the floor consisted of steel sheets

As war loomed again, the battalion adapted, becoming the 41st (Oldham) Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, just before World War II. This unit later merged to form the 40th/41st Royal Tank Regiment in 1956.

Most of the floors on the upper level were rotten

Part of the main hall

However, the changing tides of military strategy saw a decline in presence at the Drill Hall. By 1967, only A Squadron, The Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry (Royal Tank Regiment) remained. The mid-1990s saw their departure as well, leaving the Drill Hall to find a new purpose.

Part of the overhead crane

Sadly, this purpose never fully materialized. Used for industrial purposes after the military moved out, the Drill Hall's fate took a tragic turn in April 2011 when a serious fire caused significant damage.


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