The Roman Catholic Church of St Edmund, situated on the west side of the Avenue just north of Rockstone Place, was opened in November 1889. It replaced a temporary 'iron church' erected in 1884 in the grounds of the convent then occupying Archer’s Lodge. It was built to serve the needs of the Catholic community in the northern part of the town, for whom St Joseph's Church in Bugle Street was too distant to attend regularly. The new church was built in red brick with Hamhill stone dressings and is of the 14th century Gothic style. The architect was J. W. Lunn of Great Malvern, the builder W. H. Chapman of Woolston. It is Grade II listed.

St Edmund's Church

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Photograph, c.1900

St Edmund's Church

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Photograph, c.2005

Further reading:
A Short History of Saint Edmund’s Church, Southampton, by F. Isherwood. (HS/j)


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