Christ Church, Freemantle

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Christ Church is the parish church for Freemantle in Southampton. The church building is grade II listed.[1]

History[edit]

The origins of a church community in Freemantle begin in 1856, when a church meeting took place in the Bailiffs House, and then later church services took place in the school rooms.[2] On 25 July 1861, the foundation stone of the church was laid by Archdeacon Jacob.[2] The building was constructed of Purbeck rubble and ashlar during 1865-1866 by William White.[3] The windows were moulded with red brick.[3] On 27 July 1865 the church was consecrated by Dr Sumner, Bishop of Winchester.[2] On 19 April 1866 the Ecclesiastical Commission of England agreed that Freemantle would be a separate district from Millbrook, and declared the new Church of the Parish of Christ Church, Freemantle.[2] The tower and spire were added in 1875.[2]

Architecture[edit]

The main building is of Purbeck rubble and ashlar construction, with red brick mouldings around the windows.[3] The building has a nave with a clerestory, chapels to the north and south, and a south porch.[3] The tower, on the west of the building, has a broached spire[3] which was added a decade after the construction of the remainder of the building.[2] The chancel arch is wide, with three bay nave arcades.[3] The windows are of a geometrical style.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Southampton City Council: Listed buildings in Southampton Accessed 17 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kitcher, Elizabeth (2006). The Parish of Freemantle: A History. Christ Church Freemantle. Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Listed buildings in Southampton - descriptions". Southampton City Council. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 

Coordinates: 50°54′41″N 1°25′40″W / 50.9115°N 1.4279°W / 50.9115; -1.4279