The Drill Hall, Gillingham
Description: The Drill Hall
Date Listed: 6 June 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 462672
OS Grid Reference: TQ7677069652
OS Grid Coordinates: 576770, 169652
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3984, 0.5397
Location: N Road, Gillingham, Medway ME4 4EL
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TQ7669NE NORTH ROAD, Pembroke
686-1/2/101 (South side)
06/06/84 The Drill Hall
(Formerly Listed as:
Motor depot in HM Dockyard)
Drill Hall, later motor depot, now disused. c1902, by Sir
Henry Pilkington. Brick with brick and Portland stone
dressings and arch-panelled ridge and gable stacks and slate
STYLE: Free Edwardian Baroque.
PLAN: near symmetrical rectangular plan with axial central
range with towers, flanking cross range drill halls with
porches and axial side ranges and end cross ranges, with 3
single-storey ranges along the front.
EXTERIOR: long symmetrical range with articulated 1- and
2-storey blocks, and split keystones to segmental-arched
Central block: 2 storeys and attic; 5-bay range. Gabled
slightly-projecting end cross-wings with gable parapets and
kneelers, leading back by roof ridges to 2 square battlemented
square clock towers rising above the roofs in 2 stages.
Lunette windows in side gables over stone cill bands, central
stepped gable over round-arched window in centre of facade,
cill band to 1st floor, plinth band to ground floor; 2 bays
under each end gable and 3 in centre; central first-floor
window which is larger and arched with a terracotta surround.
Window to right of centre on first floor removed and hoist
inserted. Porch with striped stone and brick buttresses and
central keyed entrance arch with cornice moulding and
balustrade over centre.
Central block is flanked by 2 lower blocks of 6 bays each,
with the 2nd and 5th bays projecting and gabled. Between these
blocks and outer wings are projecting entrance bays with
segmental arches leading to drill sheds, with striped keyed
arch surrounds flanked by pilaster piers with scroll capital
decoration and topped by stepped parapets; gable parapets of
drill sheds appear above and behind these parapets, with
radiating keyed lunettes.
Outer wings: 2 storeys, and attic in centre; 15 bay range.
Central gabled projection with gable parapets and kneelers
enclosing lunettes with keystones and stone bands above and
below. Coped parapeted flanking projections and eaves brought
down over intervening blocks; first-floor cill band and
plinth. Keyed, segmental-arched heads to 6/6-pane sashes. Tall
panelled doors to 4th and 12th bays.
Rear has to the S of the main range a low single-storey
full-length range with large segmental-arched windows,
crenellated parapets and canted arched corners; the range is
broken by radiating keyed arches flanked by diagonal
buttresses with skewed arches in front of drill sheds.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
HISTORY: part of a complete early C20 barracks, with Captain's
House, Mess block, barracks and walls (qqv).
Listing NGR: TQ7676269653
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