The earliest Congregational chapel was built in Commercial Street in 1854 and was replaced by a larger church in the same street in 1863. A new and larger church was built on the corner of the High Street and Chapel Street (later Dean Road) in 1897 (image below). This became the United Reformed Church in 1971 and was demolished in the 1980s. The foundation stone from the church was saved and incorporated into the new United Reformed Church built in Bitterne Precinct in 1986.

Bitterne Congregational Church

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Photograph of the church on the corner of High Street and Chapel Street, c.1970

Further reading:
Bitterne Before the By-pass, by Bitterne Local History Society, p67, 77-82. (HS/h.BIT)
The Book of Bitterne, by Bitterne Local History Society, p67-71
‘A Splendid Prospect’? Congregationalism in Edwardian Southampton 1901-1914 by Roger Ottewill, in Southampton Local History Forum Journal, no 15, Summer 2009, p38-64. (HS/h)


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