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Guild Street drill hall
Aberdeen, Scotland
Custom House, Guild Street, Aberdeen - 3297059.jpg
Guild Street drill hall, Aberdeen, now known as "Customs House"
Type Drill hall
Coordinates Latitude:
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Built Early 19th century
In use Early 19th century-1920

The Guild Street drill hall is a former military installation in Aberdeen, Scotland.

HistoryEdit

The building was constructed as a private house in the early 19th century and converted into the headquarters of the 1st Aberdeen Rifle Volunteers in around 1860.[1][2] This unit evolved to become the 4th (The City of Aberdeen) Battalion, the Gordon Highlanders in 1908.[3] The battalion was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to the Western Front.[4][5]

By 1920 the battalion had moved out to the Woolmanhill drill hall (since demolished)[6] and building alterations were carried out to the Guild Street drill hall, to the designs of George Bennett Mitchell, to convert the building into offices for George Mellis and Sons, a retail chain.[7][8] The building subsequently became offices of HM Revenue and Customs and is now known as "Customs House".[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Ordnance Survey name books: Aberdeenshire volume 1, 1865-1871". Scotland's places. http://scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/digital-volumes/ordnance-survey-name-books/aberdeenshire-os-name-books-1865-1871/aberdeenshire-volume-01?display=transcription. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  2. "The Gordon Highlanders". Scottish Military History. Archived from the original on 5 March 2006. https://web.archive.org/web/20060305212051/http://www.btinternet.com/~james.mckay/gordrvol.htm. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  3. "Aberdeen, 26, 28, 30, 32 Guild Street, Drill Hall, George Mellis And Sons Ltd". Canmore. https://canmore.org.uk/site/174737/aberdeen-26-28-30-32-guild-street-drill-hall-george-mellis-and-sons-ltd. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  4. "Gordon Highlanders". The Long, Long Trail. http://www.1914-1918.net/gordon.htm. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  5. "4th Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 27 December 2005. https://web.archive.org/web/20051227052612/http://regiments.org/regiments/uk/volmil-scotland/vinf/gordon-4.htm. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  6. "Aberdeen, Woolmanhill, Drill Hall". Canmore. https://canmore.org.uk/site/331388/aberdeen-woolmanhill-drill-hall. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  7. "Offices for George Mellis & Sons Ltd, Guild Street". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/building_full.php?id=211691. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  8. Reid, Neil (2016). Life Isn't All Smooth Waters. Authorhouse. ISBN 9781504966788. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=2uZEDAAAQBAJ&pg=PT123&lpg=PT123&dq=%22George+Mellis%22+Aberdeen&source=bl&ots=gJthIsQW85&sig=E3AJCYraZQij5lyuN_gCAb-Edms&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiP39ODpdnUAhXBCMAKHYclCAs4ChDoAQgjMAE#v=onepage&q=%22George%20Mellis%22%20Aberdeen&f=false. 
  9. "UK Trade Tariff: Entry Processing Unit sites". HM Revenue and Customs. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-trade-tariff-european-processing-unit-sites/uk-trade-tariff-european-processing-unit-sites. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 

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