St Matthew's, Preston

Coordinates: 53°46′05″N 2°40′44″W / 53.768°N 2.679°W / 53.768; -2.679

St Matthew’s

Shown within City of Preston
Population 8,187 (2011)
DistrictCity of Preston
Ceremonial countyLancashire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
EU Parliament North West
UK ParliamentPreston
  • Javed Iqbal – Labour
  • Albert Richardson – Labour
  • Veronica Afrin – Labour
List of places

St Matthew’s is an electoral ward in Preston, Lancashire, England. The ward is adjacent to the larger Ribbleton to the east but is considered to be an area with a distinct community of its own.

The ward is named for the large St Matthew's Church within its borders. Three members of Preston City Council, elected 'in thirds' in first past the post elections each year, are returned from the ward.

The ward forms part of the Lancashire County Council electoral division of Preston East.


The 2001 census showed a population of 6,462 within St Matthew’s, of which over half (58%) classed themselves as Christian. The next highest religious population is Muslim at just under 17%. The population at the 2011 Census was 8,187.[1]

Nearly half of the adult population have no education qualifications, one of the highest figures in the city of Preston.


St Matthew’s is a rectangle sized ward with the city centre and Deepdale at one side, Fishwick to the south, and Ribbleton to the east. Preston Prison is at the south-west of the ward, which is otherwise populated by terraced housing and shopping units and warehouses. A number of Preston Bus and Stagecoach services run across the ward towards Ribbleton, Longridge and beyond.

Current members

Preston Council election, 2007 Javed Iqbal Labour Party
Preston Council election, 2008 Veronica Afrin Labour Party
Preston Council election, 2014 Roy Leeming Labour Party


From the 2001 census,[2] St George’s ward had a population of 5,049. Of this figure, 26.7% described themselves as Muslim.

See also


  1. \{{cite web=|title=Preston ward population 2011|accessdate=18 January 2016}}
  2. Office for National Statistics
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