Save Our Drill Hall!

"We hereby ask that Wellingborough Borough Council ensures the safe keeping of The Drill Hall and that it remains part of any future development of the site."

The Drill Hall, or St Heliers as it was named in 1874, when Mrs Mary Ann Marriott is listed in the Whellan Directory as the occupant

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.




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                             Other links:
             Wellingborough Now & Then

                  The Drill Hall Project

                Evening Telegraph 2006


  • jayne 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!!

  • Peter Bougourd 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.

  • Ann Wooding This building has been here all my life,it would be a terrible shame if this is another loss to Wellingborough, we will soon not have anything left of our heritage to be proud of.

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