City Church, Preston

City Church, Preston
North Road Pentecostal Church

City Church, Preston
City Church, Preston
Location in Preston
Coordinates: 53°45′48″N 2°41′54″W / 53.7632°N 2.6984°W / 53.7632; -2.6984
OS grid reference SD 541 299
Location North Road, Preston, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Pentecostal
Website City Church, Preston
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 22 June 1989
Architect(s) James Hibbert (alterations)
Completed 1838
Materials Brick with stone dressings, slate roof
Pastor(s) Paul Counsell

City Church (formerly known as North Road Pentecostal Church) is an active Pentecostal church, and part of the Assemblies of God.[1] The church is in North Road, Preston, Lancashire, England, and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The church was built in 1838 as a Wesleyan Methodist Church,[2] and was partly rebuilt in 1885–86 by James Hibbert.[3] It was later converted into a Pentecostal church.[2]


The church is built in brick (red on the front and brown on the sides) with sandstone dressings and a slate roof. It has a rectangular plan with its entrance on the east side, a small addition to the rear, and is in two storeys with a basement. At the entrance front is a projecting single-storey porch, wider than the body of the church, in five bays. It stands on a stone plinth, is symmetrical, and contains three round-headed doorways approached by steps, all with moulded architraves and fanlights. The central doorway has two pairs of Tuscan columns, and the outer doorways are flanked by pilasters. Between the doorways are round-headed windows with architraves, and there are similar but larger windows on the sides of the porch. Above the doorways is a continuous frieze and cornice. Above the outer windows and on the sides of the porch is a balustrade. The upper storey contains five windows with round moulded heads, and a band of square panels above them. At the top is a pediment containing a stone inscribed with the date of original building. Along the sides of the church are five bays with two tiers of round headed windows. Inside the church is a horseshoe-shaped gallery carried on slim cast iron columns with Ionic capitals. At the west end is a large arch with fluted pilasters.[2]

See also


  1. Find a Church, Assemblies of God, retrieved 14 May 2014
  2. 1 2 3 4 Historic England, "North Road Pentecostal Church (1207313)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 14 May 2014
  3. Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 533–534, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9
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