The first purpose-built Methodist chapel in Southampton was erected on the south corner of Canal Walk and Bell Street in 1799. The Methodists moved to their new chapel in East Street in 1848 and the Canal Walk building was purchased by Edmund Kell and converted for use as by the local Unitarians. The Unitarians moved out to their new Church of the Saviour in London Road in 1860 and the building was subsequently used as a temperance meeting hall, a school and a free school meals depot. It was probably demolished as part of the slum clearances of the 1930s.

Canal Walk Unitarian Chapel (Formerly Methodist Chapel)

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Philip Brannon’s engraving of the chapel, c.1850

Further reading:

Southampton Occasional Notes 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p16. (HS/h)
Story of St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Sholing, by Jim Brown, p15-16. (HS/j)
Picture of Southampton (1849), by Philip Brannon, p48 (HS/h)


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