Walsall

Whittimere Street

2nd Volunteer Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment
Queen's Own Royal Regiment of Staffordshire Imperial Yeomanry

Kelly, 1904, states: 'Walsall is the head quarters of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment; a large drill hall was erected in Whittimere street in 1866, at a cost of 1,500, and adjoining the hall are offices and armouries; the hall is also used by the Queen's Own Royal Regiment of Staffordshire Imperial Yeomanry.'

On November 30 1901, the 4th South Staffs were presented with South African War Medals at the Hall by Lord Dartmouth.

Rebuilt in 1910, it still stands, now a snooker hall (2005). A curious double-ended design, the frontage is painted showing the fine detail. Its rear end faces the back of a supermarket and is somewhat neglected.



Side elevation



Date plaque above entrance

Whittimere Street elevation



Rear elevation before boarding-up
and over-painting of stonework




Insignia to gable above entrance

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