In 1876, the Reverend James Ervine lived there and it is noted that his study window at St Heliers looked out upon the site for the [Congregational] church, as it was being built. While it appears to have been used as a manse at this date, it is not known whether it was built as such.
It is present on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map and on the Second Edition map is called St Heliers Hall. In the 1886 large scale map of the town, there are extensive gardens to the rear of the building and it appears to have been a fine private residence.
The former TA Centre according to the HER information the Drill Hall and garages behind were built in 1939, and opened by the Duchess of Gloucester in May of that year.
These buildings have now been demolished, leaving the original buildings associated with St Heliers.
They are built with the distinctive bands of ironstone and limestone that are seen elsewhere within the town. The Queens Hall Day Centre, immediately to the south, has similar stonework
Outline Planning Permission is being sought for Demolition and redevelopment as an Independent Living Unit, there are no formal designs for the proposed building
St Heliers should NOT be demolished, it should be kept and integrated in to the new development proposed for the High Street / Jacksons Lane area.
It's dereliction has been 'engineered' by the council so they have an excuse to pull it down. They must be stopped!
We have lost far too many buildings over the past 50 years that represented the history of Wellingborough, please don't leave us without any heritage. The ironstone buildings are part of our towns identity, they will still look far more attractive in another 50 years unlike the "Swansgate" centre which is ugly, dated and soulless. Please listen to your electorate!!
There are few areas left in the town that have so many ironstone buildings in such close proximity to each other. The richness of the stone gives great character to the architecture and modern builds are so sterile that they lack this character.
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- Hundreds join fight to save Wellingborough’s Drill Hall! http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/top-stories/hundreds-join-fight-to-save-wellingborough-s-drill-hall-1-5904297