Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Churches: Then and Now. 01 Holywood

Holywood 1909

First Presbyterian Non-Subscribing Church, Holywood 1909

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First Presbyterian Non-Subscribing Church, Holywood 2000


First Presbyterian Non-Subscribing Church, Holywood 2017


Images of Irish Non-Subscribing Churches: 39. York Street, Belfast

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An early twentieth-century postcard view of the interior of the Church

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A view of the gallery added in the 1920s

Founded in 1840 in a former Methodist church the building was later rebuilt with a lecture hall downstairs and the church upstairs. A church with a radical history in both theology and, at times, in its political leanings, it was destroyed in the blitz of 1941 although the congregation found a new home as part of All Souls’ Church in Belfast in 1944.



Images of Irish Non-Subscribing Churches: 37. Holywood

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First Presbyterian Non-Subscribing Church, Holywood (c.2000). The colour scheme has changed drastically since this picture was taken

Holywood Interior 02

The impressive interior decorated for a flower festival by Rev William McMIllan in 2015

Opened in 1849 this is a very prominent building in the town which was designed by the notable Victorian architect Charles Lanyon, who also designed the main building of Queen’s University, Belfast, among many other things. In front of the church stands an obelisk, a memorial to the Rev C.J. McAlister who was minister to the congregation for close to sixty years.



Images of Irish Non-Subscribing Churches: 36. Warrenpoint

Warrenpoint Church After Refurbishment

First Presbyterian (Non-Subscribing) Church, Warrenpoint (Photo: Ian and Elaine Crozier)

Warrenpoint New Datestone IC

Datestone 1707 (Photo: Ian and Elaine Crozier)

Built at the start of the eighteenth century (the date 1707 is set into the wall) this is quite a large building which was enlarged and remodelled early in the nineteenth century. It has an unusual curved entrance. The building was extensively refurbished in 2016.



Images of Irish Non-Subscribing Churches: 35. Second Ballyclare

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The former meeting-house of the second Ballyclare congregation

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The view from the side

A secession in Ballyclare in 1864 under the auspices of the Northern Presbytery of Antrim was large enough for them to develop a fairly impressive church on the other side of town to the original Ballyclare meeting-house. Originally a school room it was extended by the congregation but remained in use for probably less than 30 years. Now used by a firm of undertakers its origins as a place of worship can still be detected.



Images of Irish Non-Subscribing Churches: 34. Cairncastle

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Old Presbyterian Church Cairncastle, opened 1989 (Photo: Lena Cockroft)

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Rev Lena Cockroft at Cairncastle not long after the opening

The congregation has roots that go back to the middle of the seventeenth century but this is also the newest Non-Subscribing Presbyterian church. Built during the ministry of the Rev Lena Cockroft it was opened on the site of the original in 1989. A simple but attractive building that incorporates features from the old church in its design.