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In 1695 the first church on this site was built ‘for the use of protestant, presbyterian and congregational dissenters in the worship of God in their way so as long as the law alloweth. Sir John Lowther the lord of the manor wrote from London to say he thought the most suitable place for the Dissenting Chapel would be ‘in James Street out of sight of the church.’


It is not surprising that by 1900, after the two Whitehaven Presbyterian churches had united, it was considered to be too cramped and old-fashioned.


The building was to be extended forward to the street line with an imposing front elevation. ‘Practically the church would be rebuilt.’ Further alterations in recent years improved the entrance area and glassed in the side galleries.


Whitehaven United Reformed Church 1695-1995 with a supplement to 2005 by Anne Dick gives further information on the history of the congregations which form Whitehaven URC. This is available at a cost of £5 from the Church Secretary  (use Contact Us link).



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