The earliest congregations met in temporary accommodation in St Mary Street from 1851 and at the Traveller’s Lodging House in Simnel Street from 1852.

A tiny Bible Christian church was built in Stratton Road, Shirley in 1867.

The first Bible Christian chapel in Southampton was the Jubilee Chapel in Princess Street in Northam opened in 1863. In 1874 this congregation moved to new premises, a former Baptist chapel in St Mary’s Road near Six Dials. After the amalgamation of various congregations in 1933 this chapel was sold to Prince and Sons, a local building firm.

In 1898 the Bible Christians built a chapel in Manor Road, Woolston. In 1933 this congregation merged with that of the Wesleyan Chapel in Obelisk Road and erected a new chapel on the same Manor Road site. Hightown Bible Christian Chapel was built early in the 20th century.

Further reading:

Story of St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Sholing, by Jim Brown, p51-64. (HS/j)


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