On this day … 15 December 1900

The Preston Guardian reported the burning down of the ‘Fylde Road Iron Church’. The church was one of what were popularly known as ‘tin tabernacles’, speedily erected to provide places of worship for the country’s burgeoning population in the 19th century. They were constructed from corrugated iron that had been invented earlier in the century.

The ‘My Primitive Methodists’ website supplies the following:

The 1894 Primitive Methodist magazine records that the iron chapel that had been the home of the Primitive Methodist society at Fylde Road was being replaced by a “new and substantial” Chapel … The 1901 Primitive Methodist magazine tells us that the former tin chapel had been burnt down and recorded that the timber lining of match boarding made them very vulnerable. At the time of publication the cause had not been established, but the fire was seen as further evidence that no more iron chapels should be built; not only were they a fire risk, they were poor value for money as they did not last.

But last they did, at least some them, and a good example that is still used as a place of worship is St Andrew’s Mission Church, by the Leeds-Liverpool canal in Crabtree Lane at Burscough.

St Andrew's Church Burscough
St Andrew’s Church, Burscough

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