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"R" is for "Roof" and today you get the rare chance of a view of the roof of the drill hall at The Armoury in Ashton under Lyne.
The Armoury, on Old Street, was built in 1887 as a training base for volunteer soldiers, replacing an earlier building near Charlestown Station. The Volunteers' Regiment later became The Territorial Army and the building is still used for Territorial Army training.
The large drill hall, designed for training, also saw service in the past as a local dance hall!
The grey surface at the bottom of the picture is not the floor of the hall, but a suspended ceiling, which means that most visitors to the hall are no longer able to see the splendid curved roof span that let so much light in. Unfortunately, it also let a lot of heat out and people who visited the hall when it was used as a dance venue remember only too well how cold the building was!
I will post a photo of the hall below the suspended ceiling in the future, along with other photos of the inside of the building.
See Birds Eye View of this location, which shows the roof of the drill hall behind the brick frontage of the building.
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