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Gallery: Churches of East Yorkshire
by Peter Kessler, 17 April 2011
City of Kingston upon Hull Part 7: Churches of
Central Hull & Sculcoates
The Gothic Prince's Avenue (Wesleyan) Methodist
Church stands at the south-west corner of Prince's Avenue and
Blenheim Street in Hull. It was built in 1905, to a design by Gelder
and Kitchen, and it seats 850. Close by, Fish Street Memorial Church
was opened by the Congregationalists in 1899 to replace Fish Street
Chapel. It was a simplified Gothic building by W H Bingley. By 2010
there was no sign of it, but a possible candidate can be seen in the
The Church on the Way (Elim Pentecostal
Church) stands at the south-east corner of Prince's Avenue
and Duesbery Street. When the Primitive Methodist chapel on Hessle
Road closed in 1933, it was taken over by the Elim Pentecostal Church
and renamed City Temple. This closed in 1984 and the Elim Pentecostal
Church moved to its present building. The history of the building before
1984 is unknown, but it could possible be Fish Street Memorial Church,
The International Christian Fellowship Church
is on the southern side of Springbank Avenue, opposite Albany Street.
It opened in 1875 as the New Jerusalem Church on the Spring Bank;
a red brick Gothic edifice with a spirelet. Also known as the
Swedoborgian Chapel Spring Bank, it replaced Dagger Lane chapel.
It closed in 1948 and between 2004-2008 it was converted from a 'Bargain
Centre' to its present use. The red brick is now entirely whitewashed.
Spring Bank Christian Assembly occupies this
neat brown brick Victorian end-of-terrace building on the north-east
corner of Springbank Avenue and Peel Street, very close to the International
Christian Fellowship Church (above). The building was formerly known as Peel
Hall. Nearby, Holderness Road Christian Assembly Hall was used from
1926 to at least 1930. The Apostolic Church, Spring Bank, Spring Bank
Hall, was registered in 1953, and may have been the same building.
St Stephen Sculcoates, stands on a site at the
north-east corner of Springbank Avenue and Freehold Street. The church
was originally opened as Spring Bank Methodist Church, possibly
in 1959, although this is uncertain. Following closure in 1971, the
building was taken over in 1972 to serve as St Stephen the Martyr,
Spring Bank, in order to replace All Saints Margaret Street. The old
church, opened in 1869, was demolished in 1974 and the site was used
The Unitarian Church is on the western side of
Park Street, midway between Colonial Street and Caughey Street. It was
originally erected in 1882, and was built in white brick, with stone
dressings, and had a spire at the northeast angle. It replaced the
Bowlalley Lane Church, which was used from around 1680 and was
rebuilt about 1691-1692. A new chapel was built there in 1802 but was
demolished in 1936, as was Park Street's first church, perhaps in
St Patrick's Catholic Church is on a
confined plot on the eastern side of Spring Street, about forty
metres (yards) north of Portland Street. It replaced St Patrick's
Church Mill Street in 1906, which served as a chapel of ease to St
Charles Borromeo. It is built of red brick, in the Early English
style of architecture, and has a bell turret at the north-west corner.
It is of two stories, the lower one being used for schools held by the
Sisters of Mercy. It was disused by 2007.
Trafalgar Street Church stands at the north-west
corner of Trafalgar Street and Beverley Road. The simplified Gothic church
was erected as the Baptist Tabernacle, also known as Central Church.
The members first met in 1885 in what was the Temperance Hall, St Luke Street.
In 1888 they moved to the Central Hall, Pryme Street before erecting the present
building in stages between 1890-1906. It closed in 1938 and became an
St Mary Sculcoates (Old Church) formerly
stood at the north-west corner of Bank Side and Air Street in the
old village of Sculcoates, about two miles from the market-place
in Hull. It was founded as Sculcoates' parish church and existed by
1232, although there is little detail about it. In 1381, the advowson
was given to the 'prior and brethren of the Carthusian Monastery, juxta
Kingston-super-Hull'. The church was so decayed that in 1760-1761 it was
taken down and rebuilt.
The new version was in the debased Gothic style, with
nave, chancel, side aisles, and four-stage tower (seen here before the
tower was added). Closed in 1869, it re-opened in 1872 and gained a district
in 1873. In 1875 it was fully restored, but it was again closed and mostly
demolished around 1917. The tower remained standing until the 1950s before
being removed, and the site is now a public garden. St Mary Sculcoates (New
Church) was built a little way to the west.
All photos and prints on this page kindly
contributed by Colin
Hinson. Prints from A Picture of Hull by John Greenwood, 1835.