The forgotten and now demolished St Barbara’s Church

St Barbara's Church
St Barbara's Church
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

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This marvellous building – St Barbara’s Church – stood a few hundred yards from Hilsea Barracks, Portsmouth, having been the Ordnance Corps’s chapel.

It is said that John Wesley preached beneath an elm tree close by.

When the barracks closed the church was demolished.

St Barbara’s Way off Copnor Road reminds us of the building.