This chapel stood on the south side of Princess Street, which ran between the railway line and the Itchen wharfs, from Melbourne Street to Marine Parade, just south of the gas works. It was opened 1 January 1865. The Hampshire Independent of 7 January reported that it was “an elegant structure, capable of holding more than 300 persons, and has a large school-room beneath, its entire cost being £1,550. Mr Brown, Freemantle, is the builder, and Mr Mitchell, York Road, the architect.” The less than prominent siting of the chapel reflected the relative poverty of the Bible Christian Methodist Connexion, and although the society (congregation) did well, when a better positioned chapel in St Mary’s Road was offered to them in 1874 “on good terms” they took the opportunity to acquire it, even though this put a strain on the circuit finances. The Jubilee Chapel, by now known as “Melbourne Street” continued in use until 1882, when it was sold and the two congregations merged. The building became the St Mary’s Mission Chapel.


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