History of the Church and Parish
Christ Church, Freemantle is a Victorian church which was consecrated in 1865. It was designed by the architect William White who was also responsible for St Michael and All Angels Church in Lyndhurst and St Marks Church in Woolston. The church is one of the oldest buildings in the parish of Freemantle, mainly because it came into being in response to Freemantle being created. Until the 1850s the area was part of a large privately owned estate. When the estate was sold and broken up a large number of houses were built and the population grew. Miss Charlotte Hewett, sister of the previous owner of the land, was responsible for starting off the appeal for money to establish a place of worship in the area and the first services were held in a temporary building in 1856.
Click here to read our latest Church and Parish History, which was written in 2006.
If you have any further queries about the history of the church or parish, the following links may be useful:
List of Rectors of Freemantle
Article on architect William White
Freemantle and The Titanic
Photographs of Freemantle - Old postcards, photographs etc of the parish.
T. Sibley - English & Foreign Fruits
Portcities - Southampton excellent site with a growing collection of historic street directories, information and pictures including the Freemantle Historic Buildings survey.
Or, you can email the webmaster at the site (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we will be happy to advise you.
Another great site for pictures and memories of Freemantle is the Freemantle Local History Facebook Group.
If you need to research Freemantle Baptism, Marriage or Funeral records, you can find them in the following places:
Freemantle transcriptions and records
Christ Church, Freemantle - First World War Memorial
Southampton Archive, Civic Centre - the original church registers are kept here (1856-1990s), you can either look at the original registers, or search through microfiche or record cards. The Archive also has a large collection of Freemantle related photographs, booklets, and records.
Southampton Central Library - Local Studies Collection
Microfilm copies of the original registers can be viewed here. They also have a large collection of maps and Directories which are very useful when researching your family or local history.
Southampton Library Local Studies Collection
If you need to look at more recent registers (circa post 1990), please contact us and we can arrange a search or arrange a time for you to come to the church.