St Marks Parish Church

Woolston | Southampton

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Welcome to St Mark's Parish Church

St Mark's Parish church is located in Woolston, Southampton. We are a friendly Church of England church in the Diocese of Winchester.

Our aim is that St. Mark's should be a safe place where all people feel welcome, accepted and valued for who they are.

We seek continually to find out what God wants for our church and to encourage everyone to use the gifts God has given them, so that we might better serve our community.

Meet our Vicar

I would like to welcome you to our website for our church St Marks... my name is Miles Newton, Vicar at St. Mark's church and Peartree and I hope you find these pages interesting and informative.

This website is to help show you what we are about and for the people of our parish to use as a useful tool to keep up dated with our services and events.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself via email, if you have any questions, suggestions or if you would like to contribute. Please also contact me if you wish to discuss an upcoming Baptisim, Wedding or Funeral.

I hope you enjoy looking at our Website and wish you every blessing.

Yours in Christ, Miles Newton

Sunday Services

First Sunday

8 a.m. : Holy Communion (said)

10 a.m. : All Age Service

6.30 p.m. : Sung Eucharist

Second Sunday

10 a.m. : All Age Communion

6.30 p.m. : Evensong

Third Sunday

8 a.m. : Holy Communion (said)

10 a.m. : All Age Communion with prayers for healing

6.30 p.m. : Evensong

Fourth Sunday

10 a.m. : Sung Eucharist

6.30 p.m. : Evensong

Church Events


25th St Mark’s Church Fete


15th £1 a bag jumble in the Institute

23rd Afternoon strawberry tea in the Church Gardens

29th Messy Church


18th Sep RAFA Battle of Britain Service 3pm - followed by refreshments in the Centre

24th Sep CTI Millennium Garden Harvest Festival - 2.30pm

Our History

On the 17th November 1863 the land was consecrated by the Bishop (Sumner) of Winchester. The land had been given by the Chamberlayne Family to build the church on. The church consists of Swanage Stone, Bath & Devonshire Marble, Bath & Tisburns Stone & Corsham Down Stone.

The church was designed by Architect William White (1825 – 1900) and built by builders Joseph Bull and Sons. There is no churchyard as there was not enough land & also bad drainage with salt water only a few feet under the ground. So, for 16 years there were very limited burials until another churchyard was opened some 2 –3 miles away.


1866 : Plans by the vicar Rev. John Silvester to enlarge the church and up until 1871, the church had been lit by candles and oil lamps. Now it was planned to add gas lighting at a cost of £80.00.

1872 : St Marks infants school came into existence with land given by the Chamberlyne family with a house on the site for the school teacher.

1880 : The church is now 16 years old and a new vicar arrived – Rev. Mansfield Owen. The large glass stained window behind the organ is dedicated to his brother. There is a small diamond tile in the Chancel floor to commemorate this 'H.R.B.O Dec 1 1881'.

1882 : Charlton Lodge became the home of the vicar and was where the currant vicarage stands.

1886 : The church organ is installed.

1889 : 17th October, Victoria Hall (Which became known as St Marks Institute) is opened in Woolston to hold services, meetings and community events. Under the hall was a gymnasium, meeting hall and a reading room.

1899 : Charitable trust set up.

1941 : 8th July : The hall was destroyed by enemy action during an air raid.

1955 : The Hall was rebuilt, re-furnished and re-opened.

2009: first goes online.

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