Ardwick Teritorial Army Drill Hall and Offices

Near the corner of Downing Street and Ardwick Green North, in Ardwick, stands the Territorial Army Drill Hall and Offices, built in 1886 to a design by Lawrence Booth.  Pevsner describes the building as, "Three storeys with a battlemented roofline, rubble with ashlar dressings. Central entrance bay, corner tower with tall octagonal turret."  Today it is home to D Company (Inkerman) of the 4th Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment - Infantry.  They are the only Territorial Army Infantry Unit in the North West of England, consisting of 4 rifle company locations and 4 detachment locations employing some 500 men and women.  The TA website says of them, "The Battalion supports the Regular Army both at home and abroad, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it provides assistance to the civil authorities in times of crisis such as the Foot and Mouth epidemic in 2001."

Once this building was home to the famous 8th Ardwicks, the Eighth Territorial Battalion of the Manchester Regiment.  On the 4th of August, 1914, the Battalion was mobilized from their headquarters here in Ardwick.  They first set up camp near Hollingworth Lake near Littleborough and then on the 10th of September, 1914 they set sail from Southampton for Egypt.  On May 6 of 1915 they arrived at Galipoli.  In the park across the road from the drill hall is a memorial to those who died in that war.

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