Former Drill Hall, Fishguard

Link to French translationFormer Drill Hall, Fishguard

This building dates back to the early 20th century. It was built as the Drill Hall of the local Territorial Army unit, which used the premises until the 1950s. Until it was converted into three residential properties in the early 21st century, part of the building was clad with a metal sheet where you could still see bullet holes from the TA’s firing practice.

From here there’s a great view across Fishguard Harbour. It’s understood that two artillery guns were positioned inside the two arched windows in the gable end, ready to defend the harbour. In the 20th century, as in earlier centuries, there were concerns that the enemy might see West Wales as a soft touch for an invasion of Great Britain.

The Drill Hall was also used for dances during the Second World War. Many children sat their exams in it too. During the 1960s it was bought by the builder who developed the estate that now surrounds the building. He used the old Drill Hall as a store. The building had decayed when its restoration and conversion for residential use began. Self-catering holiday accommodation is available in the building.

Where is this HiPoint?

Postcode: SA65 9EE

Website for Drill Hall holiday accommodation

Other MILITARY HiPoints in this region:

West Blockhouse fort, near Dale – built 1850s to guard entrance to waterway
Last Invasion tapestry, Fishguard – tells story of ill-fated French invasion in 1797

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