The original St Joseph's Church in Bugle Street was built in 1830 in the garden of a Georgian house that stood on the corner of St Michael’s Square, and which had been purchased by the Catholic community in 1828. It was the first post-Reformation church built in the town and is regarded as the mother church of the Roman Catholic community in Southampton. The original church was very small and was soon inadequate for the needs of a growing population. It was replaced by a new church in 1844 and demolished in 1854. The original plans for the new church were by Augustus Pugin, but only the chancel was built to his design. The interior of the church has been changed many times since 1844, most notably in 1888. It is Grade II listed.

St Joseph's Church

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A drawing of the church by Peter Anson, dated 1933

St joseph's Church

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Photograph, c.2010

Further reading:
St Joseph’s Church, Bugle Street, 1830-1980, by W. Skrimshire. (HS/j)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p519-520. (H/i)
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p85. (HS/h)


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