St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, formerly situated at the east end of Brunswick Place, was built in yellow brick with Portland and Bath stone dressings, and high Gothic details. It has the appearance, according to David Lloyd (Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W.), of a “fanciful Anglican commissioners’ church of the 1840s”. The church was built in 1852-53 to the design of architects Hinves and Bedborough; the builder was G. Richardson, the sculptor David Brain. The land was given by Andrew Lamb.

It was often referred to as the Scotch Church, having grown from a Scottish Presbyterian congregation that originally met in the Victoria Rooms. Many of the founding members were Scots employed by the P&O, like Andrew Lamb. However, once the church was built, it was officially an English Presbyterian Church, and seems to have adopted the name of the patron saint of Scotland to reflect its heritage.

In 1948 the church merged with the blitzed Above Bar Congregational Church to become St Andrew’s United Presbyterian Congregational Church, from 1972 St Andrew's United Reformed Church. It was demolished in 1998. From 1986, the congregation had joined with that of Avenue United Reformed Church to form Avenue St Andrew's URC.

St Andrew's Church

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St Andrew’s Church, Brunswick Place Photograph, c1860

Further reading:

Southampton Occasional Notes 2nd Series by ‘Townsman’, p30. (HS/h)
Southampton’s Historic Buildings, by R. J. Coles, p8. (HS/k)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p525. (H/i)
History of Southampton, by Rev. J. S. Davies, p432. (HS/h)


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