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As part of a national research project, we've recently listed two Drill Halls in Yorkshire.

The former army drill hall in Castlebergh Hall in Settle is now listed at Grade II. It is a rare, very early drill hall which is very simple in design and focussed on providing the large open hall with a viewing gallery.

St Paul's Street Drill Hall in Huddersfield was built 1899 to 1901 and is also listed Grade II and is a great example of the impact of these volunteer units on the urban streetscape.

In 1859-60 the authorities set up rifle and artillery volunteer units a bit like the Territorial Army today. They needed large spaces to practise their drills and store their weapons so drill halls were set up in almost every English town and city.

Do you know any more about these drill halls?  What have they been and what are they used for now? Could you enrich the list by adding your own insights and images for future generations to enjoy?

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