'C' Squadron Warwickshire Yeomanry
ds Battery Warwickshire RHA
Quinton Rd HQ:
‘4th Warwickshire (Howitzer) Battery [and Ammunition Column]; head quarters, Ordnance works.’ (Kelly, 1912)
‘4th South Midland (Howitzer) Brigade Royal Field Artillery; head quarters, Royal Artillery barracks.’ ‘The Artillery Barracks, in Smithford street, will hold 160 men and 100 horses.’ (Kelly, 1912)
‘7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment; head quarters [and A, B, C & D Cos.], Queen Victoria road.’ (Kelly, 1912)
The Queen Victoria road premises were demolished in the early 1980s and the site is now a car park.
An article in The Times, dated Thursday 29th March 1900, tells us that ‘A public meeting, convened by the Mayor of Coventry, was held yesterday to consider the promotion of the Volunteer movement by providing a drill-hall and buildings for the 2nd V. B. of the Royal Warwickshire Regt. Col. Wyley, the commanding officer, said that the scheme would require £5,500.’
There is a reference in Spennell’s Annual directory of Coventry & District 1912 to Brigade Drill Hall, Hurst Lane, Longford.
Coventry’s historic ribbon factory became the drill rooms and armoury of the Coventry Rifle Volunteers in the alter 19th century. As part of the Coventry’s Phoenix urban regeneration initiative, the Grade II Listed building has been sympathetically restored and refurbished at a cost of £2.5m to form loft apartments and a restaurant. It is to the west of the Priority Cloisters.