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.

Comment 4

Left by E MCC on the 13th April 2019

The Drill Hall was officially opened in January 1907 and was the first of two buildings on the site. The first building had a corrugated metal roof and was substantially larger than its replacement which was built in 1937/8 for anti- aircraft work. The second building remains to this day and is currently a barbers shop.

Comment 5

Left by R. S-S on the 16th April 2019

Hello E MCC,

You are completely correct in establishing the location of The Drill Hall.
I apologise for the confusion I may have caused.

Comment 6

Left by E McC on the 8th June 2019

The fact that the first Drill Hall was replaced in 1938 by a much smaller building has always caused confusion, no apology needed. The interesting detail about the first Drill Hall is that it was a recycled church which St. Chrysostom's, (Victoria Park, Manchester) used when their church burnt down in 1904. When the replacement church opened at the end of 1906 the temporary church was removed and re-erected as a Drill Hall in Chapel-en-le-Frith. Amongst those present at the opening was Captain G. D. Goodman, Colonel Colles, Major Hall and Colonel Hall of Whaley Bridge.

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