The Churches of Britain and Ireland

  Preston, Lancashire

Preston on Wikipedia.

Churches in Ashton-on-Ribble, Fulwood, Ribbleton.

Ashton Methodist Church. Peter Morgan.

Baptist Church on Fishergate. SD 536 292. Philip Kapp. John Balaam has advised that this has closed and is currently (2011) up for sale. The congregation has moved to the main Baptist Church on Pole Street (see below). Grade II listed.

Bethel Evangelical Church on Delaware Street. SD 556 299. Mike Berrell (2014). Link.

The original Carey Baptist Church on Pole Street is no longer in use. The congregation now meet in the adjacent building (1977). SD 5435 2960. Both Mike Berrell (2014). Link. According to the grade II listing it was originally a Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion Chapel of 1826.

Central Methodist Church on Lune Street. SD 537 293. Philip Kapp. Another view, Gerard Charmley (2020). Grade II listed.

The former Central Salvation Army hall on Grimshaw Street, now in use as a restaurant. SD 545 293. Rob Kinnon-Brettle (2012).

Church of the Sacred Heart. Peter Morgan.

City Church on North Road was formerly Wesleyan Methodist (1839, closed as such pre-1960). Two interior views- 1, 2. SD 541 299. All Mike Berrell (2014). Link.

The Christian Spiritualist Church on Blue Bell Place, off Church Street. Circa SD 5444 2948. Gerard Charmley (2020). A 2016 news item includes an interior photo.

Elim Pentecostal Church, previously listed as possibly the former Lancaster Road Congregational Church, as it was on the same road. Peter Morgan. However, Sandy Calder has investigated this, and suggested that it might instead be the former St. Thomas (Anglican) - and the identification is confirmed by this link. He further suggests that Lancaster Road Congregational Church was demolished many years ago in connection with the redevelopment around Preston Guild Hall.

Emmanuel Church, John Balaam (2011).

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Peter Morgan.

The former Friends' Meeting House on Market Street West is now Preston Playhouse. This source provides dates of 1847-1949 (at the latest). SD 5373 2963. Gerard Charmley (2020).

The former Great Avenham Street Strict Baptist Chapel, now in residential use. SD 5422 2890. Gerard Charmley (2020).

The Minster Church of St John the Evangelist. SD 542 293. Paul Brown. Another view, Peter Morgan.

The former New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian) Church (1844) on Avenham Road, now in secular use. SD 5410 2903. Gerard Charmley (2020).

Our Lady of Victories (R.C.). Interior view. Both John Balaam (2013). Link.

Preston City Mission Church on Corporation Street was scheduled for demolition to allow for redevelopment of the site. Thanks to Alan Hopkins for advising of the story in the local paper. Another view. Both Alan Hopkins, (2009). The demolition was evidently a long time coming, as Mike Berrell advised the church was still open in early 2014, and in late 2016, when John Balaam was passing. Howard Richter points out a Streetview from 2021 with no apparent progress, and the church website, which also mentions Romanian services. Demolition still seems to be happening though - see this news story from 2020 which tells of a planned multi-storey block of flats, with the church on the ground floor.

Preston Crematorium Chapel (opened 1962) on Longridge Road, Grimsargh. Another view, and two interior views - 1, 2. SD 583 323. All Mike Berrell (2014).

Preston Old Cemetery on New Hall Lane has a Muslim Prayer Shelter. SD 566 302. Mike Berrell (2014).

St. Cuthbert. John Balaam (2011). Link.

St. George the Martyr (1723). Interior view. Both John Balaam (2010). Link. Grade II* listed.

St. Gregory the Great (R.C.) on Blackpool Road. Peter Morgan. Another view, John Balaam (2014). Link. News story.

St. Ignatius (R.C.) on St. Ignatius Square. SD 542 299. Peter Morgan. Another view, and three interiors - 1, 2, 3, all Mike Berrell (2014). Grade II* listed. Mike Berrell has advised that this Pugin church closed in 2015. News item on closure. John Balaam has advised that soon after the closure, it re-opened again as a church for a group of Indian Catholics - the Syro-Malabar Catholics. He has further advised that it has since been raised to the status of a cathedral, dedicated to St. Alphonsa  - see news item.

The former St. Mark on Wellington Street, now used as flats. Peter Morgan. Grade II* listed.

St. Mary, on St. Mary's Street. Peter Morgan. Grade II listed.

St. Matthew (1883) on New Hall Lane. SD 555 299. Peter Morgan. Interior view. Mike Berrell (2014).

The former St. Paul, on St. Paul's Square, now a radio station. SD 543 298. Peter Morgan. Grade II listed.

The former St. Peter, now an arts centre. Peter Morgan.

St. Stephen on Broadgate. John Balaam (2015). Link.

St. Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs (R.C.). Peter Morgan.

St. Walburge (R.C.) on Pedder Street. Peter Morgan. Two interior views - 1, 2, both Mike Forbester. Grade I listed.

St Wilfrid (R.C.) on Chapel Street. SD 538 292. Paul Brown. Interior view. John Balaam (2008). Grade II* listed.

Seventh-day Adventist Church, formerly Grimshaw Street Congregational Church, built in 1859. SD 5447 2941. Peter Morgan. Another view, Gerard Charmley (2020). Link.

The former Unitarian Chapel on Percy Street, now in residential use. Another view. SD 5446 2963. Both Gerard Charmley (2020). Grade II listed.

Former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on St. Mary's Street, now in use as a printer's. Peter Morgan. Thanks to Mike Berrell for the identification.

The former Zoar Strict Baptist Church (1871) on Regent Street was latterly a Catholic Apostolic Church. SD 5396 2899. Gerard Charmley (2020). Link.

St. Andrew, Peter Morgan.
St. Michael and All Angels, Peter Morgan.

Christ Church. Peter Morgan. Another view, John Balaam (2013).
Fullwood Free Methodist Church. John Balaam (2014). Link.
Fulwood Methodist Church. Peter Morgan.
St. Clare (R.C.). John Balaam (2014). Link.

Church of the Blessed Sacrament (R.C., 1928) on Farringdon Lane. SD 567 312. Mike Berrell (2014). Link.
St. Mary Magdalene (1891) on Ribbleton Avenue. SD 566 313. Mike Berrell (2014). Link.




27 August 2023

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