The original Baptist chapel in Chapel Street (later Dean Road) was built in 1844 and was Bitterne’s first church of any denomination. It was built at his own expense by William Francis Mayoss, a deacon of East Street Baptist Church. In 1849 it was acquired by the Anglican community and used as a church until the parish church of Holy Saviour was built in 1853. In 1894 it became the parish rooms and council chamber and was subsequently used for meetings and concerts. In the 1920s it was converted to Bitterne’s first cinema. The building still survives and is now a private dwelling.

Further reading:
Bitterne Before the By-pass, by Bitterne Local History Society, p34. (HS/h.BIT)
The Book of Bitterne, by Bitterne Local History Society, p59-60. (HS/h.BIT)


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