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Montpelier House on Abbey Hill seems to have been a focal point of war-time activities.
I have been told that at one time Army personnel were billted there, and it was where children's dried milk and malt tablets were handed out. It was also the base for one of the Home Guard units.
As post-war conditions prevailed, a 1953 directory records Montpelier House as the 'Fuel Control Office' and the 'Ministry of Labour and National Service Employment Exchange'. In 1957 the KUDC bought the house and the Civil Defence Volunteers moved in from their previous base at the old Council Offices on Upper Rosemary Hill, and were quickly followed by the 'Womens Volunteer Service'.
Any additional information would be most welcome.
Montpelier House, Abbey Hill (March 2011)