Bethel Street drill hall, Norwich

Bethel Street drill hall
Norwich, Norfolk
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The frontage of the Bethel Street drill hall (with the green windows); the yellow building behind may have been the drill hall itself
Bethel Street drill hall is located in Norfolk
Bethel Street drill hall
Bethel Street drill hall
Location in Norfolk
Coordinates52°37′42″N 1°17′22″E / 52°37′42″N 1°17′22″E / 52.62846; 1.28939
TypeDrill hall
Site history
Builtc.1895
Built forWar Office
In usec.1895 – 1920

The Bethel Street drill hall is a former military installation in Norwich, Norfolk. It is a Grade II* listed building.

History

The building, which has a 15th century undercroft, was completed in the late 19th century.[1] It became the headquarters of the 2nd East Anglian Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps[2] and, probably, of the 1st Volunteer Battalion, the Norfolk Regiment as well around that time.[3] The 1st Volunteer Battalion, the Norfolk Regiment, who simply gave their address as "St Giles" (the road behind is St Giles Street),[4] evolved to become the 4th Battalion, the Norfolk Regiment in 1908.[3] The battalion was mobilised at St Giles[4] before being deployed to Gallipoli and then to Egypt and Palestine.[5] The battalion then moved to the Chapel Field Road drill hall (since demolished) later in the war.[3] The Bethel Street properties were subsequently decommissioned and the premises at the front are now used as commercial offices by the Greenhouse Trust.[6]

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