The parish of St Luke was formed in 1853, cut from the large parish of St Mary’s, to serve the Newtown area of Southampton. The church was erected in 1852-53. It was built in a straightforward neo-Gothic style by architect John Elliott of Chichester and is situated on the south corner of Onslow Road and Cranbury Avenue. It was enlarged in 1860 and a chancel was added in 1873 by the noted church architect James Piers St Aubyn. In 1983 the church was sold and converted into a Sikh temple (clipping 2 below). Before the sale, a window depicting the celebrated Victorian General Gordon, who worshipped at the church when in Southampton, was taken down and given to the Gordon Boys School near Woking (clipping 3 and 4 below).

St Luke's Church

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Photograph, c.1950

St Luke's Church

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Photograph, c.2005

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Further reading:

St Luke’s, 1853-1953: Portrait of a Parish. (HS/j)
History of Southampton, by Rev. J. S. Davies, p350-351. (HS/h)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p520. (H/i)


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