Preston Central Methodist Church

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Preston Central Methodist Church
Central Methodist Church, Preston.jpg
Lune Street entrance
Preston Central Methodist Church is located in Preston city centre
Preston Central Methodist Church
Preston Central Methodist Church
Location in Preston
Coordinates: 53°45′31″N 2°42′12″W / 53.7585°N 2.7032°W / 53.7585; -2.7032
OS grid reference SD 537 294
Location Lune Street, Preston, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Methodist Church of Great Britain
Membership 69[1]
Weekly attendance 96[2]
Website Preston Central Methodist Church
Former name(s) Preston Central Wesleyan Methodist Church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 27 September 1979
Architect(s) Poulton and Woodman (remodelling)
Architectural type Church
Groundbreaking 1817
Completed 1818 with further alterations in 1863
Construction cost £6,000
Materials Brick, sandstone façade, slate roof
Circuit Preston Ribble Methodist
District Lancashire
Minister(s) Revd Sue Griffiths[3]

Preston Central Methodist Church is in Lune Street, Preston, Lancashire, England. It is an active Methodist church in the Preston Ribble Methodist Circuit, and the Lancashire district.[4] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[5]


The church was built in 1817 as a Wesleyan Methodist chapel.[5] It cost £6,000, and was one of the first public buildings in the country to be lit by gas.[6] It was remodelled in 1862–63 by Poulton and Woodman.[7] In the 1990s a hall in the church was converted into sleeping accommodation for the poor and homeless, and the entrance area was enlarged, allowing for the creation of a coffee shop, kitchen, crèche, and toilets. Improvements were made in the access to the front of the church in 2006.[6]



The church is built in brick, with a front of sandstone ashlar and a slate roof. It has a rectangular plan, is in two storeys, and is sited at right angles to the street. The symmetrical entrance front faces east and contains a giant round-headed arch carried on two pairs of Corinthian columns. The surround of the arch is moulded, and above it is a moulded dentilled gable. At the top of the columns are moulded cornices, which are carried out over the lateral bays. These bays contain two round-headed windows with imposts and keystones, one in each storey. The lower windows are partly blocked with notice boards, and the upper windows contain circular geometric glazing.[5] Under the arch, steps lead up to a recessed porch with doorways and a Venetian window.[7] Along the sides of the church are two tiers of round-headed windows. At the rear of the church is a two-storey extension with gabled porches and round-headed doorways with fanlights.[5]


Inside the church is a horseshoe-shaped gallery carried on thin cast iron columns with Ionic caps,[7] and with a foliated balustrade.[5] The ceiling is coffered with glazed panels in the centre.[7] The original pipe organ was built by Gray and Davison and had two manuals.[8] This was replaced at an unknown date by a three-manual organ built by W. E. Richardson.[9]

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  1. ^ "Circuit Membership Statistics Summary October 2015 - District: 21 Lancashire District" (PDF). Methodist Church in Britain. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Circuit Attendance Statistics Summary October 2015" (PDF). Methodist Church in Britain. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  3. ^ Blackett, Paul. "About us". Preston Central Methodist Church. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  4. ^ Home, Preston Central Methodist Church, retrieved 1 May 2014
  5. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Central Methodist Church (1291958)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 1 May 2014
  6. ^ a b History, Preston Central Methodist Church, retrieved 1 May 2014
  7. ^ a b c d Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 514, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9
  8. ^ Lancashire Preston, Methodist Church, Lune Street (N10720), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 1 May 2014
  9. ^ Lancashire Preston, Methodist Church, Lune Street (N10717), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 1 May 2014