The Drive Methodist Church

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 March 2010

Location: Clifton Drive South, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 9EA

image001The original chapel and reading room was designed by Maxwell & Tuke of Bury (who later went on to design the Grade I listed Blackpool Tower Buildings) and built between 1877-1901.

It was replaced by the present church between 1890-93, to a design by the architect Herbert Isitt of Bradford. In 1901 a reading room was attached, in 1907 the church, was enlarged to accommodate 720. The 1911 Ordnance Survey map shows the chapel and reading room described as a `Lecture Hall’, additional buildings included a caretaker’s house.

More recent developments included a porch and large single-storey meeting room. Internal refurbishments have included a World War I memorial window, a glass screen, and the removal of some pews for chancel staging.

The church’s stone boundary wall, gateposts and railings running along Clifton Drive South and Eastbank Road are also included in the listing.

The church is host to four war memorials: The WW1 Memorial Window, A WW2 Altar Cross, WW1 Roll of Honour and a WW2 Memorial Plaque. The church also took possession of a relocated War Memorial, for the 524 members of the Bradford District Rechabites, who died in WW1. The board commemorates the Memorial Home that was located close by.

The Listing Decision:

The church is of an interesting design, combining good external proportions and detailing, together with a well executed interior. The school chapel, reading room and church offer a focal point in St Annes and exemplify the development of Nonconformist religion in the town over the past 130 years. The Drive Church makes a significant contribution both to the local streetscene and the wider townscape.