St Luke's Church, Preston

St Luke's Church, Preston

St Luke's Church, Preston, from the southwest
St Luke's Church, Preston
Location in Preston
Coordinates: 53°45′58″N 2°41′01″W / 53.7660°N 2.6836°W / 53.7660; -2.6836
OS grid reference SD 550 302
Location St Luke's Place, Preston, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 20 December 1989
Architect(s) E. H. Shellard
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1858
Completed 1859
Construction cost £4,733
Closed 1990
Capacity 800
Materials Sandstone, slate roofs

St Luke's Church is a redundant Anglican parish church in St Luke's Place, Preston, Lancashire, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]


The church was built in 1858–59 and designed by E. H. Shellard at an estimated cost of £4,733.[2] It opened on 3 August 1859, and provided seating for 800 people.[3] The church was declared redundant on 1 January 1990, and passed into residential use on 24 February 1995.[4] It was converted into flats.[2]


St Luke's is built in sandstone, has a slate roof, and is in Early English style. It consists of a six-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a chancel with a north organ-house and a south vestry, and a southwest steeple. The tower is in five stages, and has a stair turret at the northwest corner. There is an arched doorway on the south side, and in the second and third stages are lancet windows. The fourth and fifth stages contain triple arcades, those in the fifth stage being bell openings with louvres. On the top corners are gargoyles in the form of angels, and octagonal pinnacles. On the summit of the tower is a broach spire with two tiers of lucarnes.[1]

Along the sides of the aisles the bays are separated by buttresses, each bay containing a pair of lancet windows, and on each side of the clerestory are six circular windows. There is a porch in the second bay of the north aisle. At the west end of the nave are two tall lancet windows, with two smaller lancets below and a wheel window above. At the east end of the chancel is a stepped triple lancet window. There are more lancet windows at the west end of the south aisle, in the organ-house, and in the vestry. Most of the windows contain Geometrical tracery.[1]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Historic England, "Church of St Luke, Preston (1207329)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 May 2014
  2. 1 2 Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 537, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9
  3. Hewitson, A. (1869), The Church of St Luke in the Town of Preston, Our Churches and Chapels, Preston: Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks, retrieved 26 May 2014
  4. Diocese of Blackburn: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 1 October 2012, p. 5, retrieved 26 May 2014
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