Jesus Chapel – Pear Tree

St. Mary’s Church once served the population on the east side of the River Itchen, known as St. Mary’s Extra.

Jesus Chapel is a picturesque Church on Pear Tree Green. The Chapel, dedicated to Jesus, became the first new church in England following the Reformation. Pear Tree Chapel is believed to be the oldest Anglican Church anywhere in the world. It was built in 1618 and consecrated in 1620.

Peartree Green is an open space on high ground on the East bank of the River Itchen which adjoins the districts of Woolston, Bitterne, Sholing and Merryoak within the city of Southampton. It was named Pear Tree Green after the pear tree that once stood there. It offers good views across the River Itchen and one can see the spire of St Mary’s Church, the St. Mary’s Stadium and the Itchen Bridge.