Central Presbytarian Church, May St, Belfast; built in 1829.

This church was built in 1829 with a capacity of 1,700.[1] It was the home of radical Presbyterian fire brand Rev. Henry Cooke.[2]

It is a fine example of Neo-Classicalism with Ionic portico with fluted columns. [3] The architect was William Smith and architecture critic C.E.B Brett commended his design as ‘excellent’. [4][5]

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[1] Marcus Patton, Central Belfast, An Historical Gazetteer (Belfast: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society), pp.229-230.

[2] Marcus Patton, Central Belfast, An Historical Gazetteer (Belfast: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society), pp.229-230.

[3] Marcus Patton, Central Belfast, An Historical Gazetteer (Belfast: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society), pp.229-230.

[4] Marcus Patton, Central Belfast, An Historical Gazetteer (Belfast: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society), pp.229-230.

[5] C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of Belfast, 1700-1914 Revised Edition  (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1985), p.21.