This church was built by architect Herbert Collins in 1931-32. The site, on the south side of Burgess Road and east of Woodcote Road, was donated by Herbert’s father, William Jeffries Collins, a generous supporter of local religious life. He also, together with Joseph Arthur Rank, industrialist and prominent Methodist, provided much of the funding. Collins built the main hall as a large red-brick octagon with a copper domed roof. It was large enough to accommodate eight hundred people and was also used as a cinema. In 1960 the hall was converted with a central aisle inserted and new furnishings added. It is a Grade II listed building.

Swaythling Methodist Church

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Photograph, c.2000

Swaythling Methodist Hall and Church

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Swaythling Methodist Church. Photograph, c1990

Further reading:

Swaythling Methodist Church, by John Franklin. (HS/j)
Herbert Collins 1885-1975: Architect and Worker for Peace, by Robert Williams, p52. (HS/i)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p574. (H/i)


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