Sometimes called St Mary's Hall, this building, which originally adjoined the Kingsland Tavern was, according to the British Listed Buildings website, designed in 1884 by William Burrough Hill as a masonic lodge, although incorporating an earlier building. This earlier building may once have been the Kingsland Tavern tap bar as the 1878 Drink Map shows it to be on this site. The new building was erected over ground-floor kitchens and stables which had previously been part of the Kingsland Tavern.

The building was a music hall, the St Mary's Hall of Varieties, in 1887, and between 1889 and 1893 it housed the town's first public library, before it moved to new purpose-built premises in London Road. It was subsequently used by a fitness school - the Hercules School of Physical Culture - and the Southampton Holiness mission who held temperance meetings here. It is Grade II listed.

76 St Mary Street

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Photograph, 1984.

76 St Mary Street

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Photograph, 1984.


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