St Alban's Church, Southampton

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St Alban's Church
Church of St Alban the Martyr
St Alban's Church, Southampton
St Alban's Church is located in Southampton
St Alban's Church
St Alban's Church
Shown within Southampton
50°56′20″N 1°23′15″W / 50.9390°N 1.3874°W / 50.9390; -1.3874Coordinates: 50°56′20″N 1°23′15″W / 50.9390°N 1.3874°W / 50.9390; -1.3874
Location Swaythling, Hampshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Parish of Swaythling
History
Founded 20th century
Dedication St Alban
Consecrated 17 June 1933
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Listed building - Grade II
Architect(s) Nugent Francis Cachemaille-Day
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic
Specifications
Materials Lime mortar rendered brick
Administration
Parish Swaythling
Deanery Southampton
Archdeaconry Bournemouth
Diocese Winchester
Province Canterbury
Clergy
Bishop(s) Bishop of Southampton
Vicar(s) The Revd Canon Gary Philbrick
Curate(s) The Revd Sheena Williams

St Alban's Church, Swaythling, Southampton, stands on Tulip Road, just off the main Burgess Road. The church, and its associated hall, is a Grade II listed building.[1]

Creation of the parish[edit]

The Parish of St Alban was formed at the beginning of 1932, mainly out of the South Stoneham Parish, but at that time there was no St Alban's church, only a site on which to build it. The land had been part of Swaythling Farm and had been acquired through the foresight of the then Archdeacon of Winchester (Ven. A. E. Daldy). Until the new church was ready worship in the new parish took place in St. Agnes Church, from 1905 to 1933, on Portswood Road and in the Burgess Road Mission which until then had been in Highfield Parish (latterly known as St Alban's Mission).

St Alban's Church was completed in 1933.[2]


The site was large enough for not only for the church but for the vicarage and large halls; the importance of the grouping of the buildings means that they are collectively listed as Grade II on the English Heritage list of protected buildings.[3]

Architecture[edit]

St Alban's Church was one of the first to be designed by the noted architect Nugent Francis Cachemaille-Day[4] and built by the Southampton builders GE Prince & Sons.

A "big cruciform church with (a) low, broad central tower,"[4] it is on the Latin Cross plan and is late Gothic in style. The traditional outward appearance of the church contains a "spacious and well shaped interior",[4] with a centralised altar that Pevsner described as "original and innovative".[4] The east end of the church which would normally have formed the chancel was used as a Lady Chapel, while the main altar is sited under the central tower much closer to the congregation - now a common arrangement but present at St Alban's from the first. Space for a choir, which in churches at this time was generally seated between the congregation and the altar, was to be provided in a western gallery which was never completed due to a lack of funding.[4]

St. Alban's was one of the first churches Cachemaille-Day designed and it shows the architect's early exploration of the logic of the Liturgical Movement which would come to a fuller expression in the more obviously radical designs of later churches, for example St Michael's, Northenden.

The East Window

The East Window is by Christopher Webb (1886–1966), one of the most important stained-glass artists of the mid twentieth century, whose other work in Hampshire includes the East Window of the Bishop's Chapel at Wolvesey Palace. The main figures in the window represent Christ flanked on the left by Virgin Mary and St Boniface, and on the right by St Alban and St Wilfrid. The glass was the gift of Mrs F. Watkins in memory of her husband.

Clergy[edit]

Vicars of St Alban's

1932–1946 The Revd Harold Bennett

1946–1967 The Revd Howard Rees-Jones

1968–1976 The Revd Kenneth Bachell

1976–1988 The Revd Frank Chivers

1988–1991 The Revd John Moore (Priest-in-Charge)

In 1992 the parishes of St Alban's and St Mary's were united as Swaythling Parish.

Vicars of Swaythling

1992–1999 The Revd John Moore

2000-2013 The Revd Canon Gary Philbrick

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Church of St Alban and Church Hall - Southampton - Hampshire - England". British Listed Buildings. 28 January 1997. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "St Alban’s in the full flower of life (From Daily Echo)". Dailyecho.co.uk. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Church of St Alban and Church Hall". The National Heritage List. English Heritage. 28 January 1997. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e The Buildings of England: Hampshire, page 574

References[edit]

Pevsner, N. and Lloyd, D., The Buildings of England: Hampshire and The Isle of Wight (1973) Penguin Books

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