Building » Preston – St Maria Goretti

Preston – St Maria Goretti

Gamull Lane, Ribbleton, Preston PR2 6SJ

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Post-war church with a striking interior of parabolic arches.

Maria Goretti (1890-1902) was a devout peasant girl from Ancona who was murdered while resisting a rapist. She became regarded as a martyr for chastity and the Christian life, and was canonised in 1950. The church was built in 1953, and consecrated in 1984.


The church has an unremarkable brick exterior with pantile roofs, very much in Mangan’s favoured modern Romanesque style, but without the interest of his earlier church of St Gregory, Preston. The interior is a wide single volume, with large parabolic arches marking the bay divisions. There do not appear to be any individual fittings and furnishings of special interest.

Heritage Details

Architect: W. C. Mangan

Original Date: 1953

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed