The Roman Catholic Church of St Patrick on the corner of Portsmouth Road and Manor Road South, Woolston, was built in 1938 by architect Wilfred C. Mangan, a prolific builder of Roman Catholic churches. It was gutted during the Blitz of 1940 and restored during the 1950s. David Lloyd (Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W.) called it a “simple brick church with the architectural effect concentrated in the big rectangular west tower, which is covered in modernistic motifs vaguely reminiscent of Gothic”.

It replaced a large corrugated iron church erected in 1909 on the north side of Portsmouth Road opposite Enfield Grove. An earlier dual-purpose, brick-built chapel school, also on Portsmouth Road, had been opened in 1883. This continued solely as a school after the opening of the new church in 1909, and survived until 1969.

Before the 1938 church was built the site was occupied by Hawthorne Villas, built about 1851. 2 Hawthorn Villas was the St Patrick's Presbytery from the mid-1880s until 1938.

St Patrick's Church, Woolston

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St Patrick’s Church, Woolston‘s Church. Photograph, c.1950

St Patrick's Church, Woolston

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The original corrugated iron church on Portsmouth Road, c.1910

Further reading:

The Parish of St Patrick, Southampton, G. A. Hartley. (HS/j)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p595. (H/i)


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