The congregation of Kingsfield Church was a breakaway, in 1853, from Albion Chapel. It met in the Victoria Rooms until the Kingsfield Chapel was built and opened in November 1861.

The church was designed by local architects William Hinves and Alfred Bedborough in early Decorated Gothic style with twin spires nearly 90 feet high, and built by Alfred Watts of Freemantle. On completion the Hampshire Independent thought it the “prettiest chapel in the neighbourhood”. The spires were later removed and the building became a labour exchange (image 2). It was demolished in 1936.

The church was situated on what was then the southern part of Havelock Road, on the site of Kingsfield House. Skandia House office block now occupies the site.

1. Kingsfield Congregational Chruch

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Engraving by Philip Brannon, 1861

2. Kingsfield Congregational Chruch

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The church - minus its spires - being used as an employment exchange in 1932.

Further reading:

History of Southampton, by Rev. J. S. Davies, p430. (HS/h)
Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series by ‘Townsman’, p71. (HS/h)


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