Southampton’s first purpose-built Primitive Methodist chapel was built in St Mary Street by local baker, James Wheeler, in 1837. It was situated on the east side of the street, just north of James Street. By 1887 the congregation had moved to new premises in South Front and the original chapel had been converted to an Oddfellows meeting hall, a purpose for which it was used until 1966. It has subsequently been used as offices, a night club and auction rooms.

St Mary's Primitive Methodist Chapel

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St Mary Street Primitive Methodist Chapel Photograph, c.1900

Further reading:
Picture of Southampton (1849), by Philip Brannon, p48 (HS/h)
The Story of St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Sholing, by Jim Brown, p24-26 (HS/j)


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