This church is situated on the west side of Devonshire Road on the south corner with Kenilworth Road. It was opened in 1910, the congregation of the East Street Baptist Chapel transferring there. The site was provided by John William Newcombe, the property developer whose company built much of the housing in that area. It was designed by George Baines and Son. David Lloyd (Buildings of England) described it as being “Fancy, arty Gothic, in red brick with profuse stone dressings”.

In 1996 the congregation sought to have the church demolished and replaced with a smaller church and student accommodation. The application, however, was refused (see newspaper clipping below). The building is now Grade II listed.

Central Baptist Church

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Photograph, c.2010


Newspaper clipping:

Central Baptist Church


see also


Further reading:
Building of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p525. (H/i)
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p20-21. (HS/h)


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