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Mary Street Church from Church Tower

Founded in 1893, the church and school stood until its demolition on the 30th September 1963. It was first known as the United Methodist Church.

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This school was built during the last quarter of the 19th century, along with the school on School Street.

Foundation Stone 1888

In 1932 the United Methodists joined with the Wesleyan Methodists and the Primitive Methodists to form the Methodist Church of Great Britain.

Jubilee Picture in 1925.

It wasn't until June 1935 that planning permission was sought by the Church to build an Infants classroom. The Rishton Urban District Council granted the planning application and work commenced.

Mary Street Church partially demolished 1983

By 1891 the school had closed and the pupils transferred to the school in school street.

The last headmaster was Mr. Bowen.

Mary Street

I am told that the site was used by Charlie Garrett as a coal yard. Charley was a regular site round Rishton for many years delivering coal. When I don't know!

On the 14th May 1942, the Trustees of Mary Street School were approached with a view to making arrangements for the use of part of that building as a temporary British Restaurant by the Urban District Council.

Foundation Stone 1888

Mary Street Court came next. This was after the demolition of the old Church building in 1983. Mary Street court consists of a group of houses which have been constructed around an open court, with parking access within the court.

References

Council Minutes

Gen Uk Website.

Remains of Front Entrance on Mary Street in 1983. Mary Street Church in 1983 from Haworth Street.