The photo id for this photograph is 1270, in the Chapel-en-le-Frith album.

Drill Hall 1907

Photograph added 17th May 2015


Comment 1

Left by Alison Buxton on the 11th October 2015

Hello, we are interested to know if this building is now the Constitutional Hall where Chapel players put on their productions? X it certainly looks like it! Thank you.

Comment 2

Left by R. S-S on the 12th October 2015

Hello Alison,

The photo here is of The Drill Hall in Chapel.

It does look like the old Consty because the only other place it could have been is the former Memorial Club which I think was called the Institute. The Institute was mentioned in the trial of a local man, Walter Rowland, hanged for a murder he most probably didn't commit.

The Drill Hall would have been used by the Territorials during the wars; a bit similar to what you see in Dad's Army. Before being the Consty it was a cinema.

Before the turn of the century there was a friendly society opposed to the demon drink and they built many properties which became Drill Halls during the wars.
One such was in Whaley Bridge on New Horwich Road. It was formerly called the Band of Hope Hall and was built by The Sons of Temperance.
During the War, and I know I sound a bit like Uncle Albert here, anti aircraft guns were set up in the Hall and the Luftwaffe were highlighted at night by 2 huge searchlights situated at Shallcross Manor.
I have no idea whether they hit any aircraft though.
Some German canons that were captured during the WW2 were brought to Whaley to be placed on show in the Park but this was deemed to be in bad taste and they ended up at The Drill Hall. I have never been able to find out what happened to them; I suppose they could have ended up at Mellands on Long Hill.

R. S-S

Comment 3

Left by E MCC on the 24th July 2017

The roof structure of the building in the picture does not match that of the Constitutional Hall and sent me off to look at some old Ordnance Survey maps of Chapel-en-le-Frith. A 1921 OS maps places the Drill Hall on Market Street some distance below the Town Hall towards Thornbrook Road.

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