Christ Church, Freemantle was built at the junction of Waterloo Road and Payne's Road in 1861-5, and opened in 1865. It was built of Purbeck Stone by London architect William White, with characteristic (for White) red brick hoods over the windows. The tower and spire were added later in 1875. According to David Lloyd (Building of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W.) this was one of White's more ambitious churches in terms of interior decoration and spatial layout. The church has changed little since 1865 and is now Grade II listed.
Local firm Hinves and Bedborough also submitted plans for the new church, which were, according to the Reverend Herbert Smith, much admired by everyone who saw them. Philip Brannon produced a watercolour of the proposed new church from the plans. The designs were rejected, on grounds of over-elaboration.

Christ Church, Freemantle

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Christ Church, Freemantle

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A coloured postcard of c.1905 of the church and school.

Further reading:
The Parish of Freemantle: a History, by Elizabeth Kitcher. (clippings)
Building of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p566-7. (H/i)
'A Trip Down Foundry Lane', by B. A. Thomas in Essays on the History of Southampton, p71-72. (HS/h)


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