SD9205 : Masts on the old barracks

taken 5 years ago, near to Oldham, Great Britain

Masts on the old barracks
Masts on the old barracks
Although the former TA centre on Rifle Street is a burnt-out shell it still has the function of being a support for mobile phone relay masts.
Oldham Drill Hall
The Old Drill Hall on Rifle Street, St Mary's, Oldham with its distinctive castellated Gothic frontage, was the home of the local volunteer forces since 1897 and was used by the Territorial Army until 1998 and closed completely in 2002.

The red-brick castellated front block with tower at each end and central gatehouse with a hall reputed to hold 1000 men was built for the 6th Volunteer Battalion Manchester Regiment (following the 1881 Cardwell reforms previously Lancashire Rifle Volunteers). The battalion became the 10th Manchesters following the Haldane reforms in 1908.

In 2007 Oldham council failed in a bid to list the building because of its architectural or historic interest. Later that year a developer was given the green light to demolish the hall and build 30 homes, but that permission expired.

The Oldham Detachment of the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force LinkExternal link who meet in a building adjacent to the old hall had wanted it to be used as multifunctional venue.

The Old Barracks building was engulfed in flames on 31st March 2011. The 48,000 square metre hall was being used at the time to store vast amounts of upholstery foam. Manchester Evening News report: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 13 October, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 15 October, 2014
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 9260 0556 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:32.7974N 2:6.7890W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 9259 0559
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