The church was built on the north side of Commercial Road in 1845 and consecrated in 1846. It was built in the neo-Norman or 'Rundbogenstil' style, which was popular in that decade, to designs by the Winchester architect Owen Browne Carter, and it may have modeled on the church at Sompting in Sussex. The tower, with its four-gabled Rhenish top is very like Sompting’s. David Lloyd (Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W.) noted that the church was quite impressive from the outside, but that inside it was not a success. It was meant to be divided into three, but the two transverse arches are too wide, so that the whole appears as a single broad space. He also felt that the hammerbeam roof was “inappropriate”.
The building is no longer used as a church. It was declared redundant in 1979 and sold to developers in 1981. It is now a bar/restaurant. It is Grade II listed.

St Peter's Church, Commercial Road

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St Peter’s Church, Commercial Road‘s Church. Photograph, c1980


Further reading:
The Church of St Peter, Southampton. (HS/j)
History of Southampton, by Rev. J. S. Davies, p403. (HS/h)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p524. (H/i)
The Art and Architecture of Owen Browne Carter (1806-1859), by Robin Freeman, p11-12. (H/i)


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