J3473 : Central Church

taken 3 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Central Church
Central Church
Originally May Street Presbyterian church it carries a plaque for the Rev Henry Cooke J3473 : The Memorial Church.

According to Protestant Revival LinkExternal link the old church closed in January 2019 "Once the clerical domain of that great Presbyterian figure, Rev Henry Cooke, who led the purging of Arians and Arminians [sic] from his denomination, May Street has long been reduced to a husk of a church ... Central Belfast, a church under the auspices of Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, will take over the running of the church."

According to the Belfast Telegraph LinkExternal link the "May Street congregation will be formally amalgamated with Fisherwick Church on the Malone Road."

Central Church Belfast website: LinkExternal link
May Street Presbyterian church, Belfast

May Street Presbyterian church was built in 1828/29 to a design by one W Smith. The minister was the Rev Henry Cooke J3374 : The Black Man, Belfast. Charlie Brett described it as “a really handsome Palladian example of the Presbyterian taste for the solidly classical. . . the memorial doorway to Dr Cooke, for whom the church was built is uncommonly good of its period, was designed in 1872 by John Boyd”. Another source describes it thus “A fine classical church of red brick with stucco dressings” but puts the doorway at 1870.

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Monday, 14 September, 2020   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 23 September, 2020
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Henry Cooke 
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Irish: geotagged! J 340 739 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.7610N 5:55.6412W
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Irish: geotagged! J 340 739
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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