List of places of worship in Barrow-in-Furness

This article lists places of worship in the English town of Barrow-in-Furness. Barrow was a town built on industry and up until the late 19th Century was only a small village. The population skyrocketed in a matter of decades to a peak of over 70,000, as a result the majority of the town's places of worship were built in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Many were only temporary timber structures and soon replaced by the present buildings. According to the 2001 UK Census, 81.03% of Barrow's population identified as Christian with 0.58% of individuals stating another religion (the majority being Muslims and Buddhists). However these figures are currently outdated, as even in 2001 7.59% of individuals didn't state a religion (as opposed to stating 'no religion') as well as the fact that between 2001 and 2007, the ethnic minority population of Barrow has almost trebbled in size.[1] All current places of worship in Barrow belong to denominations of Christianity, although three Jewish Synagogues were sited in the town in the early 20th Century.[2] Despite this, the Kadampa Buddhist Temple and Manjushri Mahayana Centre which are located on the outskirts of the borough are amongst the oldest Buddhist centres in the western world. The nearest Mosque to the town is sited in Lancaster, the nearest Synagogue in Blackpool and Gurudwara in Preston.[3]

Existing places of worship

Below is a list of current buildings that were purpose built as places of worship in Barrow-in-Furness.

Name Image Ward Denomination Built Grade Notes
Abbey Road Baptist Church Parkside Baptist 1958
Beacon Hill Methodist Church Newbarns Methodism 1956
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Hawcoat Latter Day Saint movement 1998
Emmanuel Community Church Central Pentecostalism 1995
Hartington Street Methodist Church Hindpool Methodism 1874 The church was originally known as Bethel Primitive Methodist.[4]
Holy Family Roman Catholic Church Newbarns Roman Catholic 1951
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Central Roman Catholic 1929 A small chapel opened in 1902 and was replaced by the present church in 1929.[5]
St Aidan's Church of England Church Newbarns Church of England 1967 The original church hall (now the vicarage) was completed in 1952, however a new larger wing was completed in 1967.[6]
St Columba's Roman Catholic Church Walney South Roman Catholic 1958
St Francis' Church of England Church Ormsgill Church of England 1955
St George's Church of England Church Central Church of England 1860 style="background-color: "|II[7] Barrow's oldest existing Anglican church.[8]
St James' Church of England Church Hindpool Church of England 1869 style="background-color: "|II*[9] Barrow's second oldest Anglican church is capable of holding 1,000 worshipers and has a height of 150 ft to the spire.[10]
St John's Church Of England Church Barrow Island Church of England 1935 style="background-color: "|II[11] The original church was completed in 1876, however the present church was completed in 1935.[12]
St Luke's Church Of England Church Risedale Church of England 1964 The original church was completed in 1877, however the present church was completed in 1964.[13]
St Mark's Church Of England Church Hindpool Church of England 1989 The original church was completed in 1877, however the present church was which is a renovated version of the structure that was restored after World War II bombing.[14]
St Mary the Virgin Church Of England Church Walney South Church of England 1930 style="background-color: "|II[15] A church has existed on the site since 1577, however the present building was completed in 1930.[16]
St Mary of Furness Roman Catholic Church Hindpool Roman Catholic 1858 style="background-color: "|II[17] The spire of the church was added in 1888.[18]
St Matthew's Church of England Church Church of England 1967 The original church was completed in 1877, however the present church was completed in 1967.[19]
St. Michael's Church of England Church Roose Church of England 1840
St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church Barrow Island Roman Catholic 1933 The original church was completed in 1885, however the present church was completed in 1933.[20]
St Paul's Church Of England Church Hawcoat Church of England 1871 The current church and the front facade was extended in the 20th century.[21]
St Pius' Roman Catholic Church Ormsgill Roman Catholic 1955
Spiritualists Psychological Hall Spiritualism
Harley St Spiritualist Church Hindpool Spiritualism
Roose Methodist Church Roose Methodism 1967 Also known as St. Perran, the current building has been shared by Roose Methodists since 1991.[22]
Spring Mount Christian Fellowship Parkside Independent Christian
The Salvation Army Hindpool Evangelicalism 1910
Trinity Church Centre Parkside Methodism 1902 Also known as the Abbey Road Wesleyan Methodist, the present church was constructed in 1902 on the site of a church formerly completed in 1876.[23]

Former places of worship

Below is a list of current or former buildings that were purpose built as places of worship in Barrow-in-Furness, but no longer serve this purpose.

Name Image Ward Denomination Built Grade Notes
Abbey Road/ Ainslie Street Synagogue Parkside Judaism 1900 Barrow's first synagogue was built in 1902 and closed in 1913.[24]
Christ Church Hindpool Methodism 1875 Opened in 1875, the Christ Church Methodist New Connexion was almost completely destoyed by World War II bombing, small parts of the lower church still stand today and house a gym.[25]
Crellin Street Synagogue Hindpool Judaism 1920 Barrow's growing Ashkenazi Jewish population relocated to a larger synagogue between 1918 and 1925.[24]
Emmanuel Church Parkside Congregationalist 1900 A small chapel opened on the site in 1876 and was extended in 1900. Rising maintenance costs lead to the building being abandoned, it was demolished in 1993 and an elderly home is now on the site.[26]
Forshaw Street Primitive Methodist Hindpool Methodism 1866 Opened in 1866 and closed in 1953, the site of the former church is now home to a furniture store and part of Debenhams, Portland Walk.[27]
Greengate Street Wesleyan Methodist Central Methodism 1876 Opened in 1876 and closed around 1996, before construction of new buildings began on the site in 2001.[28]
Hindpool Road Congregational Central Congregationalist 1863 The first church to be built on the site opened in 1857, the current building was completed in 1863 although it closed in 1931. The current building houses a garage.[29]
Hindpool Road Wesleyan Methodist Central Methodism 1862 Opened in 1862 and closed in 1935, the former church building is now 'Scorpio' nightclub.[29]
King's Hall Wesleyan Methodist Hindpool Methodism 1907 From construction in 1907 until 1951, King's Hall served as a church although it has served various purposes since.[30]
Marsh Street Primitive Methodist Central Methodism 1875 Opened in 1875 and closed in 1953, the church building is currently derelict.[31]
Roose Road Bible Christian Risedale Methodism 1875 Opened in 1875 and closed in 1976, the church building has served various purposes since.[32]
School Street Synagogue Hindpool Judaism 62 School Street functioned as Barrow's only synagogue between 1925 and 1974 when the local Jewish population dwindled to around a dozen.[24]
St Mary of Furness monastery

Newbarns Cistercian 1123 style="background-color:"|I[33] Founded in 1123 and disestablished and destroyed in 1537 by Henry VII's Reformation. Better known as Furness Abbey it was once the second richest and most owerful cistercian monastery in the country.[28]
Stonedyke Methodist Chapel Roose Methodism 1877 Opened in 1877 and closed in 1991, the church building is derelict.[34]
Storey Square United Methodist Free Church Central Methodism 1894 The first church on the site opened in 1874, and the current building was completed in 1894, the church closed in 1952 and the current building stands derelict.[35]
Trinity Church Hindpool Presbyterianism 1867 style="background-color: "|II[36] Once one of Barrow's largest functioning churches, Trinity church was closed in 1971 and has been derelict since. In 2005, a fire destroyed the abandoned building even more.[37]

See also

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External links

  • Barrow Borough Council – Places of Worship and Religious Groups
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