Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall (SGSS) is a SikhGurdwara situated in the London suburb of Southall on Havelock Road and Park Avenue. It is the largest Sikh temple in Europe. Funding came by way of donations from members of the local Sikh community and abroad.
Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall was established in England by Sikhs who had emigrated in the fifties and early sixties. By the 1950s, a significant number of Sikhs were living in Britain, and the main congregational gathering was at Shepherd's Bush Gurdwara. To accommodate the Southall Sikhs, the Southall Sikh Cultural Society was established in 1960. This organisation held Sunday programmes at Shackleton Hall until it moved to 11 Beaconsfield Road.
The emigration of Malaysian and Singaporean Sikhs led to the formation of another group – Sri Guru Nanak Singh Sabha. The two groups remained independent until 1964, when they merged as Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall. 1964 also saw the first Gurdwara built. It was situated at the Green, and was the headquarters of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha.
The Havelock Road site was purchased in 1967. The dairy was transformed into... Read More