Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Preston England Temple

52nd operating temple
Preston England Temple

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Address

Temple Way, Hartwood Green
Chorley
Lancashire  PR6 7EQ
United Kingdom
Telephone:  (+44) 1257-226-100

Services

Clothing rental available
Cafeteria available
Patron housing available
Distribution center nearby

Announcement: 

19 October 1992

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

12 June 1994 by Gordon B. Hinckley

Public Open House: 

16–30 May 1998

Dedication: 

7–10 June 1998 by Gordon B. Hinckley

Site: 

15 acres

Exterior Finish: 

Olympia white granite from Sardinia

Ordinance Rooms: 

Four ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and four sealing

Total Floor Area: 

69,630 square feet

Temple Locale

Located in Northern England, north of Liverpool and Manchester, the Preston England Temple anchors an extensive Church complex that includes a stake center, missionary training center, family history center, distribution center, patron housing facility, and temple missionary accommodations. Decorating the manicured grounds are mature trees, flower gardens, and a pair of reflection pools near the entrance.


Temple Facts

The Preston England Temple was the second temple built in the United Kingdom, following the London England Temple
12th operating temple
London England Temple
(1958).

Missionary work in the British Isles began in 1837 when Elder Heber C. Kimball, an apostle, and six others arrived at Liverpool and traveled to Preston to pursue a contact with a family of Joseph Fielding. The first converts in Great Britain were baptized that year in Preston's River Ribble. On August 6, 1837, the Preston Ward was organized, which is the longest continuously functioning unit of the Church in the world.

Plans for the Preston England Temple were publicly announced by President Gordon B. Hinckley on October 19, 1992, during the second day of rededicatory services for the London England Temple
12th operating temple
London England Temple
.