The Public Hall, Hadleigh

The Public Hall, Hadleigh
The Public Hall

The Public Hall was erected in 1912 by Mr. F. Malthouse in The Broadway (now London Road). It was Hadleigh’s first general social meeting place and over the years was used for a variety of purposes, including dancing, roller skating and as a cinema.

For a time, at the front of the hall, there were two shops. The one on the left-hand-side was used by Owen’s greengrocers before they moved across the road, nearer to Castle Road. The right-hand-side shop was used by Schneider’s.

The Public Hall was then used by Essex Carpets as a carpet warehouse. It was until recently also their showroom but a new showroom has been established further along London Road.

How the Public Hall was used, a related article.


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  • The slip of paper referred to in Dad’s earlier post is shown on the article ‘History of a Hadleigh Bungalow’

    By Susan Fogg née Hawks (09/02/2021)
  • In the 1911 England Census there is a Frederick Malthouse living in Castle Road, Castle Lane, Hadleigh, Essex. At that time he had no occupation. He was born 1st January 1862 in Malden, Surrey. His wife was Jane Emily who was born in 1853 in Wraxaw in Somerset.

    In the 1939 England and Wales Register there is a Frederick Malthouse living in 220 York Rd, Southend. He was a widower and a House Builder (Retired.)

    By John Keeling (07/02/2021)
  • Have just found a slip of paper relating to Dorlie, 72 Castle Rd [the Hawks’ home} stating that the bungalow was purchased by F Malthouse 1910, will have to dig further.

    By Ian Hawks (28/11/2010)

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