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Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church

A unique, detached double height Italianate Presbyterian Church, built around 1830 and extensively renovated around 1900.

Whiteabbey , County Antrim

Opening times

The church is not normally open outside of regular worship services, but viewing can be arranged by contacting the church office.


Shore Road
County Antrim
BT37 0SN

The church is shown on the first edition OS map of 1833. The Townland Valuation of 1834 records the Presbyterian Meeting House which is valued at £15.17s 0d. Griffiths Valuation of 1857 records the Presbyterian Church, yard and National School, with total value of £80.0s.0d. The value remains unchanged from this through subsequent valuations, latest dated 1901.

James Boyle, in the OS Memoirs dated 1839, writes of the church: ‘The Presbyterian meeting house at Whiteabbey was built in 1833 by subscription and cost 905 pounds, with 84 pounds 8s for enclosing and improving the ground intended for the burial ground, consisting of about three roads planted with forest trees and shrubs. However the plans for the graveyard did not proceed.

The style of the meeting house is the Grecian and Doric, with a neat tower surmounted with a belfry and dome. This is said to be the first meeting house, Presbyterian, since the reformation in Ireland which is ornamented with a spire or dome. Necessity of building it arose from the increase of inhabitants in the neighbourhood linked to the linen industry combined with the distance from any other place of worship.

According to the Synod records, religious services in the village of Whiteabbey began in 1831 in a local school house due to the lack of churches between Carrickfergus and Belfast. Revd Dr Cooke canvassed the erection of a church in the area. The population voted and it was decided that the chosen congregation should be Presbyterian. The first minister, Mr William Campbell, was ordained in the church in November 1833. The original meeting house was built to designs by architects Miller, Smith, Duff, Jackson and McGuigan.

The church was extensively renovated in 1900, under the ministry of Revd Robert K Hanna, at a cost of £5000, to designs of Nicholas Fitzsimmons.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Social heritage stories

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Café within 500m

  • Car park at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Presbyterian

  • Gateway Grant, £2,665, 2021

  • Full conservation architectural survey.

Contact information

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