The parish of St Michael and All Angels was created from the parish of St
Andrew (1836) in 1929, the church being built between 1908 and 1915,
replacing a mission church established in 1883. The church was built on the
very edge of the parish between a leafy, middle class suburb and the terraced
housing surrounding Preston Dock. Socially the parish was unusually mixed and
retains this character to the present day.
ln 1993 the parish was united with the parish of St Mark, Preston. The altar
and other items from St Mark‘s church were brought to St Michaels and
installed in the Lady chapel which was re-dedicated to St Mark on St Mark‘s
Day in 2001. St Mark‘s church has since been re-developed into housing.
Ashton on Ribble is a leafy suburb on the west of the city of Preston. It is
relatively prosperous with houses ranging from small terraced properties to
large Victorian and Edwardian houses and incorporating the redeveloped
The St Mark‘s area of the parish, in contrast, is urban, developed from the
1850‘s with terraced housing and industrial sites. Within the parish is part of
the University of Central Lancashire (UClan), one of the largest campuses in the
UK. Consequently much of the terraced housing is rented property.