Trinity, Barrow in Furness - Presbyterian
Barrow in Furness
Trinity Presbyterian Church, situated in School Street, is a large, handsome structure, built of limestone, with red freestone dressings and bands of the same material. The architects were Messrs. Paley and Austin, of Lancaster. The site was presented by Sir J. Ramsden, and the total cost of erection over £5,000. The style is Italian or Romanesque, and though little or no floral ornamentation has been attempted, yet the church presents an attractive appearance. All the woodwork is of pitch pine, varnished, and the pews combine both comfort and elegance. The sitting accommodation is increased by a gallery, which runs round the whole church. At one side is the first instalment of a tower, and the front is lighted by a circular window, surrounded by heavy moulding. The church was begun in 1874, and opened by Professor Cairns in July the following year. Near the church is a Lecture Hall, built in 1868, at a cost of £1,400, in which service was held previous to the erection of the church. The Rev. Wm. Ferguson, minister.
from Mannex's directory of Furness & Cartmel, 1882
The building was destroyed by fire on Saturday 19th March 2005.
The Presbyterian church was influenced by Calvinism which rejected bishops and believed that the church should be governed by a hierarchy of general assembly, synod, presbytery and kirk sessions attened by ministers and elders of equal rank. Presbyterianism flourished in the 17th and early 18th centuries but in the later 18th century many Presbyterian churches adopted Unitarianism.
In 1972 the Presbyterian Church of England merged with the Congregational Church to form the United Reformed Church.
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