On Monday, April 18th, the first stone of the new church at Bitterne was laid by Mrs Barlow Hoy. The site of the church is in the angle of a field, close to the junction of the roads leading to Swathling, Itchen, Ferry, Bursledon, and Moor Green. The service was read by the Rev W D Harrison, the vicar. The inscription on the plate was as follows:-
The first stone of this church, built by subscription, on ground presented by J Barlow Hoy, Esq., MP, was laid on the 18th of April, 1836. W D Harrison, vicar. R Scott, and J Gale, churchwardens. J W Wild, architect.The style chosen by the architect is the simple Gothic of the 13th century; the church will have a nave and two aisles; there will be a west-end gallery, but no other; accommodation will be afforded for 640 sittings, of which 392 are to be free. The name is to be “St James's Chapel, West-end.” The Rev E R Breton is to have the perpetual curacy.
[from The British Magazine, and Monthly Register of Religious and Ecclesiastical Information, Vol IX]