Drill Hall, Powell Street, Wigan11 Comments
Photo: RON HUNT
Item #: 33159
Ron. What regimental badge is displayed in the stonework?.
Ron. Was the drill hall built in the reign of Queen Victoria?. I see that it is the Queen’s crown that is shown.
I would also like to know where this stone is situated would like to see it for real .
It's outside the Army Reserve Centre on Woodhouse Lane - in front of it is a WW2 gun - you can just see the back of it in the left-hand corner of the pic.
DAVID, THANKS FOR THE INFO.
The elements of this display may be seen in their original position in the Album: Item #: 1069
The drill hall was built in 1884 - foundation stone laid in June, and opened in December - by the Earl of Balcarres and Crawford.
Volunteer forces were encouraged to save having a permanent army on the taxes. The 21st Wigan Volunteers was raised in 1854. They became part of the 4th Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps in 1860/63 - and became the Manchester Volunteer Battalion in 1888 - so I'd guess the regalia in the carvings relates to the period between those dates - when the corps was the Rifle Volunteers. There was a major overhaul of volunteers in 1908 when the Territorial Force was formed - and the Wigan Battalion became the 1st/ 5th Manchesters... sadly famed for their great sacrifices at Gallipoli - one of Winston Churchill's greatest disasters.
Albert S., The cap badge shown is Light Infantry. The crown appears to be the Queen Victoria crown. I would be interested to know the year the Drill Hall was built, and how the Light Infantry pattern badge was associated with the Wigan Volunteers. I presume the period would be the 1850s - 60s. Were the Volunteers Light Infantry? I have a vague recollection of having seen the original building and the stonework depicted.
Rev.d. Long, -- Many thanks for your info. Your comment had not been published when I submitted my questions. Obviously an inherited cap badge from predecessor "Rifles" regiments.
When I was a young lad I went several times to the drill hall to practice rifle shooting. A neighbour who was a policeman used to take me, his name was Ken Harrison.
Remember going along to a Cat Show held at the Drill Hall in the early 1960s, the show opener and judge was Margot Bryant who played Minnie Caldwell on Coronation Street, the character had a cat named Bobby so probably why she was tasked as being the judge. She was nothing like the character she played though, talking ever so posh and wore a silvery white fur coat with a fluffy collar, we was saying at the time it must have cost a fortune. She looked to be enjoying the attention and most probably was overjoyed with her late life TV stardom. I can't remember the name or breed of the winning cat, though I doubt it would have been an ordinary Tom or Molly.