This building occupied the former site of the King Edward VI Grammar School (which moved to Hill Lane in 1938) on the west side of Havelock Road, opposite the Civic Centre law courts. The building housed a Naafi club during the Second World War, and later became the HQ of the local ATC. Various clubs and societies held their meetings here and it was used for dances and wedding receptions. It was almost demolished in 1975 after subsidence (caused by the disused 18th century canal tunnel) made part of the building unsafe. It survived and in 1976 part of the building was used to accommodate the R J Mitchell Aviation Museum (image below), forerunner of the Solent Sky Museum. Marlands Hall was demolished in 1985 and the BBC buildings now occupy the site.

Marlands Hall

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Photograph, 1981


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