This is a mid-size room with three comfortable chairs and a desk space.  It is at rear of our building and offer a warm quiet space with subdued lighting.

If you would like to use this room or arrange a visit email us on [email protected] 

The room is named in memory of Captain Marshall Robinson (1854 - ?).  We have found out little detail about Marshall Robinson apart from the fact he was a local architect who designed what is thought to be the largest covered Drill Hall in Britain for the 3rd Volunteers Brigade, Lancashire Artillery in 1886 (pictured left). 

The west part of the hall is fixed onto the original building, completely covering the remaining gardens and housed an armoury, stores, canteen, lecture hall and offices.  This construction had the effect of making Silverwell House 'disappear' and although thousands of people would use this space over the following century, as time passed very few would realise that the white brick wall at the end was part of a Regency mansion.

During its time it was a well known local exhibition hall, hosting beer festivals, ideal home exhibitions, dog shows amongst other popular events.  In 1969 the Drill Hall became Bolton's sport centre until it closed in 1995, and was demolished a year later.

In 2014 Bolton News paid tribute to the role this building had played in the lives of many Boltonians for over a century, 'There are generations of Bolton families who will remember being involved in sport in the centre, attending the various events there or just popping in for a drink ... there are few modern day facilities that can boast such a rich and vibrant history as this popular venue.'

The 'Bowmen of Overdale', practising archery at The Drill Hall in 1953

The final days of Bolton Sports Centre circa 1995, clearly showing how the former Drill Hall covered Silverwell House for over a hundred years.

If you would like to find out more about the history of our building click here for further details.

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