The original Above Bar Church (image 1) was situated on the corner of Above Bar and Ogle Road. Built in 1881, it was originally called the Church of Christ, and was an independent evangelical church. It housed the congregation developed by the American Henry Earl who came to Southampton in 1876 and held evangelical missions in the Philharmonic Hall. It changed its name to Above Bar Church in 1954. It was demolished in 1979 and replaced with a modern three-storey complex, which was opened in 1981 (image 2). The church occupies the upper floors, with shops on the ground floor.

1. Above Bar Church, c.1950s

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The original church, built in 1881 and standing on the corner of Above Bar Street and Ogle Road.

2. Above Bar Church, c.1990

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The new church, built in 1981

The following photographs show the church in autumn 2016. At that time there were plans to renovate the interior of the church.

3. Above Bar Church, 2016

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Photograph, Caroline Andrews, 2016

4. Above Bar Church, 2016

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Photograph, Caroline Andrews, 2016

5. Above Bar Church, 2016

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Photograph, Caroline Andrews, 2016

6. Above Bar Church, 2016: seating

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Photograph, Caroline Andrews, 2016

7. Above Bar Church, 2016: ceiling

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Photograph, Caroline Andrews, 2016

4. Above Bar Church, 2016: window from inside

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Photograph, Caroline Andrews, 2016


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