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

Banbridge 2nd 01

The former Second Banbridge meeting-house

Banbridge 2nd 03

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:

https://velvethummingbee.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/second-banbridge-nsp-congregation/

 

 

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