Basic Site Details

Name: Baptist Tabernacle
Town, district or village: Blackpool
City or county: Lancashire
Country: England
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Notes: In the latter half of the nineteenth century the Baptists had built a church and Sunday school in Abingdon Street, Blackpool. This site and buildings were purchased by the Post Office in 1903, the Baptists obtaining a new site in Springfield Road. Here they built a replacement church, opened on the 1st of March 1906.

Not until 1907 was the former Baptist Tabernacle on Abingdon Street demolished. Since its closure, its Sunday school had been used as a temporary branch Post Office. Blackpool Head Post office opened in 1910.

(The delay in demolition would suggest that as a part of the purchase agreement, the Post Office had agreed to build a new Baptist Tabernacle before the original church was closed. Further, W T Oldrieve, given his position in the Ministry of Works at the time, probably took no active part in the design, employing Charles Albert Hindle to carry out the commission. Hindle is known to have been employed for a time in the Manchester office of the Ministry of Works before commencing private practice, probably when Oldrieve was in charge.)

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 12, Springfield RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 319031906Build/construction 
Item 2 of 3January 1903 Contracts advertised 
Item 3 of 31 March 1906 Opened 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 2Charles Albert HindleArchitect 19031906In association with W T Oldrieve
Item 2 of 2William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)Architect 19031906In association with C A Hindle


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Hartwell, C and Pevsner, N2009Buildings of England: Lancashire North  p138-139
Item 2 of 2Pevsner, N (ed)1969North Lancashire (The Buildings of England)  p70

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1British Architect23 January 1903  Page viii - contracts open