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Three Churches, One Parish

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  • Derby Road
  • Portsmouth, UK
  • PO2 8HR

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Saint Nicholas Church

We are looking to develop our church buildings for the local community and are thinking of creating a hub and we are pleased to share with you the current works we have undertaken on St Nicholas Church building.  

Temporary closure of pathway between Compton Road and Battenburg Road.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by  the closure of the walking during the current phase of building works.  Once all demolition has taken place and the construction of the houses poses no safety risk to passers by a walk way will be re-opened to the public.  Thank you for your patience on this matter.

We have applied for a Faculty to Demolish Battenburg Hall.


The halls at St Nicholas Church have been an important part of the journey’s of many families in the local and wider community. We understand that many people have fond memories of family parties, community events, pre-school journey’s and hiring both Battenburg and Compton Halls.  We would love to hear your stories and memories if you would like to share them with us as we proceed into a new phase of living.

You may well know already but Compton Hall has now been sold and demolished to make way for new housing and we have been left with Battenburg Hall.  There is no water, gas, electricity supplied to what is left of the building and there are no toilet facilities. During the first lockdown the ceilings began to fall down and the floors have lifted due to the ingress of water. The time has come for us all to consider new ways of using the land retained by St Nicholas Church. We are looking into the needs of the community at this time of the pandemic and into the future.   Demolition of Battenburg Hall  is a matter of health and safety and over time the issues of a dangerous building will increase. The application has been submitted so that everyone can be aware of the unfolding story at St Nicholas Church. We plan to fence the land in the near future and will publish any plans as soon as we have them in place. 

The legal notice Form 4A  (click here to view) is available to view outside the front of St Nicholas Church on the fences and will be in place for 30 days.  The demolition works will cost £8150.00 in total and it will mean we have to close the carpark for around 7 working days to keep everyone safe.   

We will be taking time to undertake some much needed repairs on St Nicholas Church in 2021 

The North and South valleys in the church roof have begun to deteriorate to the extent that rain water gets into the building.  These valleys need repairing.  The cost of these works will be £11,850 and will be undertaken by THE ROOFWORX. We have gained the faculty approval permission from the Church Commissioners and we look forward to completing the roof work in late spring.

If you would like  to view the Architects drawings by RBA Associates 

or would like to make a donation towards the project please contact us!

 Ceiling in the Lady Chapel




Other works undertaken in 2019:

  • We now have a warm church. The boiler has been upgraded and the pipes have been mended.  In time we will also need to replace the pump when funds allow.  This costed £15,750 and we are very grateful to SW Mechanical Services as well as JHB Electrical Services for the works and the safe containment of asbestos which costed £2880 with a certificate of air quality.
  • In time we will need to replace the central heating pump, due to the age of the system we will need to get this specially made and it will cost around £3000.  If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of this please contact us.

 Old Boiler

 New Boiler

 New Boiler


  • We have a safe ceiling.  The ceiling panels had aged so much that they were pealing away from the roof.  For health and safety reasons they have all been removed to reveal the original Arts and Crafts ceiling.  Removal of the ceiling panels costed £2,350 and we are grateful to JHB Electrical services for the works undertaken.

 Roof before

Roof before 

 Roof after


Watch this space future developments!