In 1807 Above Bar Congregational Church began to send out itinerant preachers to the surrounding villages, initially preaching in private houses. Its success in Itchen Ferry village was immediate and in 1839 the church bought land on Peartree Green to erect a new Congregational church. Designed by William Hinves, the church was opened in 1840. Pastors included Richard Laishley who, after emigrating to New Zealand, became well-known as an artist and ornithogist. The Congregationalists and the Presbyterians merged in 1971 to form the United Reformed Church and the church is now known as Peartree Green United Reformed Church. It is Grade II listed.

Peartree Green Congregational Church

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Further reading:

A Cloud of Witnesses, by John Beer. (HS/j)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p593. (H/i)
Picture of Southampton (1849), by Philip Brannon, p48 (HS/h)
‘William Hinves and Alfred Bedborough: Architects in Nineteenth-Century Southampton’, by Richard Preston in Southampton Local History Forum Journal, no. 17, Autumn 2010, p3-31. (HS/h)


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