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Central Methodist Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Preston, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7585 / 53°45'30"N

Longitude: -2.7034 / 2°42'12"W

OS Eastings: 353724

OS Northings: 429351

OS Grid: SD537293

Mapcode National: GBR T9B.42

Mapcode Global: WH85M.FSXK

Plus Code: 9C5VQ75W+9M

Entry Name: Central Methodist Church

Listing Date: 27 September 1979

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1291958

English Heritage Legacy ID: 392083

ID on this website: 101291958

Location: Preston, Lancashire, PR1

County: Lancashire

District: Preston

Electoral Ward/Division: Town Centre

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Preston

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Preston St John and St George the Martyr

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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941-1/11/196 (West side)
27/09/79 Central Methodist Church


Wesleyan Methodist chapel, now United Methodist church. 1817,
remodelled 1862-63 by Poulton and Woodman. Brick, with facade
of sandstone ashlar, slate roof. Rectangular plan at
right-angles to street. Two storeys, a symmetrical tripartite
facade dominated by a very dramatic giant round-headed archway
projected from the centre on 2 pairs of giant free-standing
Corinthian columns with a moulded cornice to each pair (run
out to the sides), and with a moulded surround to the arch,
and heavily moulded gable cornice with dentils. Steps under
the arch lead to a full-height rectangular inner porch which
has (inter alia) a giant round-headed window (over altered
doors), and a small round-headed doorway in each side
(blocked). The narrower and lower side bays (which are
porches) each have one round-headed window on each floor, with
imposts and keystones (both lower windows blocked with notice
boards), and a parapet above the run-out cornice. All these
windows have circular geometrical glazing. The side walls have
round-headed windows on both floors, all with margin panes.
The rear has a shallow 2-storey extension with gabled porches
at each end, both with round-headed doorways and fanlights
with radiating glazing bars. INTERIOR: horseshoe gallery of
1875, with curved foliated cast-iron balustrade; rostrum with
similar balustrading.

Listing NGR: SD5371929346

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