Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Churches: Then and Now. 11 Banbridge

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First Presbyterian (NS) Church, Banbridge, 1913

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First Presbyterian (NS) Church, Banbridge, 2017

For articles on the history of Non-Subscription in Banbridge see also the following three posts:

Images of Irish Non-Subscribing Churches: 29. Second Banbridge

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The former Second Banbridge meeting-house

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Note the lion on the roof

During the controversies amongst the Non-Subscribers in the mid-nineteenth century a major secession from the original Banbridge congregation resulted in the departure of a large group who built their own new church not far away at the entrance to the town in about 1850. It is not an exciting building but is nevertheless quite substantial and impressive. It is now a masonic hall and I would guess the lion on the roof dates from its more recent use.

For more information on the history of the congregation see:



Images of Irish Non-Subscribing Churches: 16. Banbridge

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The First Presbyterian (Non-Subscribing) Church, Banbridge of 1844

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Banbridge interior

Of a broadly similar date to Clough or Killinchy, like them Banbridge has a classical frontage. However, unlike them the grandeur continues into the interior where a magnificent two-decker pulpit faces the congregation. It is a large church and the gallery covers three sides of the building. The overall effect is very impressive.