Tower Street drill hall, York

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Tower Street drill hall
York
Royal Dragoon Guards Museum, Tower Street, York - geograph.org.uk - 4161991.jpg
Tower Street drill hall
Tower Street drill hall is located in North Yorkshire
Tower Street drill hall
Tower Street drill hall
Location within North Yorkshire
Coordinates53°57′22″N 1°04′52″W / 53.95619°N 1.08100°W / 53.95619; -1.08100Coordinates: 53°57′22″N 1°04′52″W / 53.95619°N 1.08100°W / 53.95619; -1.08100
TypeDrill hall
Site history
Built1885
Built forWar Office
In use1885-Present

The Tower Street drill hall is a military installation in York.

History[edit]

The building, which was designed as the headquarters of the 6th and 7th companies, the 1st East Riding of Yorkshire Artillery Volunteers,[1] was completed in 1885.[2] The unit evolved to become the 9th (West Riding and Staffordshire) Medium Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery in 1920 and 54th (West Riding and Staffordshire) Medium Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery in 1921 before relocating to Lumley Barracks in York in 1924.[3]

Meanwhile the drill hall had also become the headquarters of the Yorkshire Hussars early in the 20th century.[2] The unit evolved to become the Queen's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry in 1956[4] but relocated to more modern facilities at Yeomanry Barracks in York.[5]

Instead the building became the headquarters of the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire in 1958[6] and of its successor regiment, the Yorkshire Regiment, in 2006.[7]

Museum[edit]

The building also became home to a military museum, subsequently known as the York Army Museum, in 1984.[8] The museum inherited the collections of the Royal Dragoon Guards and of the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire and is creating a collection on behalf of the Yorkshire Regiment.[8] Following an expansion of the museum financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Duke of York visited the building in May 2015.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1st East Riding Artillery Volunteers, Royal Artillery". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 11 January 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ a b "York". The Drill Hall Project. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  3. ^ "54th Medium Brigade, Royal Artillery (T.A.)". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 17 January 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  4. ^ "The Queen's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Yeomanry Barracks, York". Alternative Venues. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  6. ^ "The Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) is situated in York, along with the Regimental Museum". Ministry of Defence. Archived from the original on 7 December 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ "Regimental Headquarters". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b "The York Army Museum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support". 9 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  9. ^ "York Army museum given Royal seal of approval". Northern Echo. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2017.