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

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


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]


  1. "Ordnance Survey name books: Aberdeenshire volume 1, 1865-1871". Scotland's places. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  2. "The Gordon Highlanders". Scottish Military History. Archived from the original on 5 March 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  3. "Aberdeen, 26, 28, 30, 32 Guild Street, Drill Hall, George Mellis And Sons Ltd". Canmore. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  4. "Gordon Highlanders". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  5. "4th Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders". Archived from the original on 27 December 2005. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  6. "Aberdeen, Woolmanhill, Drill Hall". Canmore. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  7. "Offices for George Mellis & Sons Ltd, Guild Street". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  8. Reid, Neil (2016). Life Isn't All Smooth Waters. Authorhouse. ISBN 9781504966788. 
  9. "UK Trade Tariff: Entry Processing Unit sites". HM Revenue and Customs. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 

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