Church History

Church History

The community at Alexandra is made up of two congregations, that of York Street Presbyterian and Castleton Presbyterian.  York Street Presbyterian Church was opened in 1839 and had a succession of ministers, including the Rev Thomas Hamilton, who became the first Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University and a member of the Privy Council of Ireland.  This church’s history ended in it’s original location when it was destroyed in the Luftwaffe blitz on Belfast in 1941.  It was agreed that the congregations of York Street and Castleton should be united, to meet in the Castleton Building, the tower of which was also damaged during the war, and so Alexandra Presbyterian was born.

 

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  4. kathy says:

    Hello
    This is a compelling, beautiful and poignant website. I am interested to know more about the history of York Street Presbyterian Church as I have just found out my great grandparents were married there in April 1895. I have a suspicion my grandfather, who was a sexton, may have been linked with this church. Is there any way I can find out? He is listed in the 1911 census as a Sexton and I know he was of the Presbyterian faith, so putting that together with the fact that he married my great grandmother in York Street Presbyterian Church…..who knows?? Any assistance would be very much appreciated, with thanks, Kathy

  5. Hi Kathy, thank you for your kind words regarding our website. If you would like to email me directly with your Grandfather’s details I will see what I can find out for you. My email address is faye@castletonlanterns.co.uk. Faye

  6. Hi Kathy, I have been revisiting previous queries and have traced your Grandparent’s marriage certificate in the York Street Presbyterian Church records. I can find no record of the name of the sexton in the church archives they appear to have (stopped naming the sexton in 1907). However, on checking the census I see that in 1911 they lived in Upper Townsend Street. There were several Presbyterian churches in that general area at that time, not to mention all the other denominations and missions so he could really have been with any of them. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. I’ll keep your details and let you know if I come across anything else. Faye

Any thoughts?