St Mary Magdalene's Church, Ribbleton

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St Mary Magdalene's Church, Ribbleton

St Mary Magdalene's Church, Ribbleton
St Mary Magdalene's Church, Ribbleton is located in the City of Preston district
St Mary Magdalene's Church, Ribbleton
St Mary Magdalene's Church, Ribbleton
Location in Preston
Coordinates: 53°46′35″N 2°39′37″W / 53.7765°N 2.6603°W / 53.7765; -2.6603
Location Ribbleton Avenue, Ribbleton, Preston, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Mary Magdalene, Ribbleton
Dedication Saint Mary Magdalene
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) R. Knill Freeman
Austin and Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1888
Completed 1941
Materials Sandstone
Parish Ribbleton
Deanery Preston
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Assistant priest Revd Keith Fenton

St Mary Magdalene's Church is located in Ribbleton Avenue, Ribbleton, Preston, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Preston, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn. Its benefice is united with that of The Church of the Ascension, Ribbleton.[1]


The church was built in 1888–91 to a design by R. Knill Freeman.[2] Additions were made to it in about 1901 by the Lancaster architects Austin and Paley,[3] and again by the same architectural practice in 1938–41, with a new chancel, chapel, aisles and vestries.[4][5]


St Mary's is constructed in red sandstone with dressings in yellow sandstone. It contains features in Decorated style. Its plan includes short aisles, and transepts of two unequal bays. Along the aisles are parapets hiding the roof. There is a large rose windows in each transept. The authors of the Buildings of England series describe it as "an odd building" that "was never finished".[2]

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  1. ^ St Mary Magdalene, Ribbleton, Church of England, retrieved i1 April 2012 
  2. ^ a b Hartwell & Pevsner 2009, p. 545.
  3. ^ Price 1998, p. 96.
  4. ^ Price 1998, p. 101.
  5. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 255.


  • Price, James (1998), Sharpe, Paley and Austin: A Lancaster Architectural Practice 1836–1942, Lancaster: Centre for North-West Regional Studies, ISBN 1-86220-054-8