‘2nd Volunteer Battalion Norfolk Regiment; F company, Armoury, Nethergate street.’ (Kelly, 1900)
5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment; (Detachment of B Co.)
6th (Cyclist) Battalion Suffolk Regt, (F Co.)
ds 'D' Squadron Suffolk Hussars
The Drill Hall was designed and built by John Doe, architect and builder of Bungay. He also built the adjacent houses, numbers 14 and 16, in the ‘Arts and
It is built of red brick, though the west and south elevations have been painted cream, with the original brickwork exposed on the other external walls. The
chimney and chimney stack is visible to the exterior. The roof is slate.
From a structural point of view, the details of the tied roof structure are particularly interesting and unusual, because the substantial metal tie rods and
central hangers are formed with generously proportioned hooks at their ends which are joined at mid-span by substantial rings connecting them at the joint
positions. At the eaves and apex, the rods terminate at similar rings which in their turn are secured to the rafter by substantial hooks. The appearance and
purity of detail is reminiscent of pre-industrial methods of working materials and may reflect the architect’s interest in the ‘Arts and Crafts’
The drill hall was entered by a door and porch to the left of the building, but subsequent alterations have added a large entrance facing the road.
Originally the drill hall had a stage, which has largely been removed, though a small projecting floor at the rear of the hall is evidence of its existence.
Beneath this, at the far end of the hall, are two doors leading to offices, which are apparently unaltered.
The drill hall is now used as a car body repairs workshop. I am very grateful to Bill, of Car and Commercial Bodyshop, for pointing out the building’s
features and allowing me to look round and take photographs.
This is now a private house. It is possible to see evidence of an original large, arched door onto Nethergate street.
Drill Hall - Detail at apex joint
Drill Hall - Detail at eaves joint