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We have been trying to identify the building in the attached picture. Can you help? it was taken @1915 and is not Lords Cricket ground as some have suggested, as it does not seem to match pictures from that period of time. Have you any photographs of the same building? It is somewhere in the London area but where?

 

Regards

 

Greg

Artists Rifles Hare Hall Memorial Project

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MBrockway

Could it be at Bisley?

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themonsstar

Could it be somewhere on Bisley NRA.

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Heid the Ba

Any idea what the flag says?

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kenf48
1 minute ago, Heid the Ba said:

Any idea what the flag says?

 

Artists Rifles !

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Heid the Ba

Aha!  A clue . . .

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Artists Rifles

The building at Bisley is similar but not quite the same. See attached.

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MBrockway

The buildings at Bisley changed quite considerably after the war.  Many of the clubs/regiments rebuilt their pavilions.  The current Artists' Rifles Club pavilion only dates from 1926.

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Bordercollie

Yes but the picture posted by Artists Rifles of the NRA HQ is said to be "NRA offices at Bisley, 1909 (on left) with a pavilion on the right (SHC ref 6316/435)". The original picture posted by Aritists Rifles looks to me to be too hilly for Bisley and I don't think a pavilion at Bisley would ever have had an entrance marked "Entrance". I wondered whether it could be a structure at the 1911 Festival of Empire Exhibition at Crystal Palace. Such a structure might well have had an entrance signed as such and would certainly have been on hillier ground but the posted photograph doesn't seem to match any of the photographs on line of that event. 

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MBrockway

.... however, it's in fact nowhere near BIsley!

 

The photo shows Rigg's Retreat near High Beech in Epping Forest.

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The adjoining building seen on the left hand side is the slightly smaller Sawyer's Tea Garden.

 

 

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This was a large cafe catering to daytrippers visiting Epping Forest.

 

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Riggs Retreat at High Beach was on Wellington Hill on the site now partly occupied by the Youth Hostel.

 

Opened in 1881 it was managed by William Riggs a son of the founder.

 

He was greatly interested in Freemasonry and was Provincial Grand Master of Essex. He served in the Boer War with the Imperial Yeomanry and in 1914, although then over 50 years of age, he enlisted to serve in the First World War.

 

At that time the War Office commandeered the retreat which was used as a training centre and the Hampshires and also the Artists Rifles were at various times stationed there.

 

The War Office relinquished the retreat in 1916 and some months later a fire in the adjoining premises occupied by Arthur Sawyer as a tea garden, spread rapidly through both buildings, and being mainly of wooden construction they were completely destroyed in about two hours despite the efforts of two fire brigades.

 

This High Beach Retreat was very popular with many Sunday School treat organisers and also with the Shaftesbury Society and Ragged School Union. It was William Riggs' claim that between 3,000 and 4,000 children had been able to have tea at the same time at his retreat, which was not rebuilt.

 

Source: http://www.essexfieldclub.org.uk/portal/p/Archive/s/127/o/0016

 

 

The location is now the site of the former Youth Hostel on Wellington Hill.  OS grid reference TQ 4085 9834.

 

Here it is on Google StreetView:  https://goo.gl/maps/XBCj7F5d23S2

 

 

The Artists' Rifles moved there in July 1915 immediately before moving to Hare Hall.

 

Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

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voltaire60

A son of the family, Henry John Riggs - whose mother lived in South Woodford,  was killed in action serving with the HAC at Arras in April 1917. He is remembered on the Wanstead War Memorial

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Bordercollie

Good spot MBrockway. Epping Forest isn't as flat as Bisley and the day trippers would have needed the clearly signed entrance.

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Artists Rifles

MBrockway, thank you very much for identifying the building. The picture had us all stumped and scratching our heads for sometime!!! Many thanks for your work.

 

 

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MBrockway

My pleasure - I might be asking for your help re Hare Hall and Gidea Park, Frederick Raphael and 18/KRRC in the future, so more than happy to help solve this conundrum!

 

Mark

 

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voltaire60
On ‎11‎/‎01‎/‎2019 at 23:47, MBrockway said:

My pleasure - I might be asking for your help re Hare Hall and Gidea Park, Frederick Raphael and 18/KRRC in the future, so more than happy to help solve this conundrum!

 

Mark

 

 

     Count me in for running around too Mark- I have to  get over there sometime soon-ish for another history-related matter.

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