This, the traditional Millbrook parish church, was situated on the south side of Millbrook Road, opposite the south end of Regent’s Park Road (and so well outside the historic borough). It was probably built in the 16th century, and was in a ruinous state of repair for much of the 18th century.

Its condition worsened in the late 18th century when the site became flooded following construction of the Salisbury Canal nearby. An Act of Parliament for the demolition of the church was obtained in 1797 but, because money for a new church could not be found, further repairs were carried out on the old church. In 1827 the existing chancel and tower were incorporated into a new, octagonal church by architect George Draper, but even such an extensive rebuild failed to remedy the chronic problems of damp.

It continued to deteriorate throughout the 19th century and was eventually replaced by Holy Trinity Church in 1872. It was demolished in 1939. The churchyard, on the opposite side of Millbrook Road, at the north-west corner of the Regent’s Park Road and Millbrook Road, still survives but is no longer used for burials.

St Nicholas Church, Millbrook

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St Nicholas Church, Millbrook‘s Church. Photograph, c1910

see also

Further reading:
Churches in and Around Southampton, by Cuthbert Monk, p7-11. (HS/j)
Millbrook: The Hidden Past, by Rosaleen Wilkinson, p16-18.


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