The new Methodist church in East Street was built in 1850 in the very ornate Decorated Gothic style by James Wilson of Bath. The local builder was George Brinton. It was situated on the north side of East Street between the Strand and Queen's Buildings and set back from the line of shops, between numbers 28 and 29 East Street. The chapel closed in 1925 and soon passed into the hands of the nearby Edwin Jones department store, which had made many previous attempts to purchase it. It was used as a staff canteen until destroyed in the Blitz of 1940.

East Street Methodist Church

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


Further reading:
‘Activity at the Wesleyan Chapel, East Street’, by Veronica Green in Southampton Local History Forum Journal No. 9, Summer 2002, p19-21. (HS/h)


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