HISTORYThe parish of St Michael and All Angels was created from the parish of StAndrew (1836) in 1929, the church being built between 1908 and 1915,replacing a mission church established in 1883. The church was built on thevery edge of the parish between a leafy, middle class suburb and the terracedhousing surrounding Preston Dock. Socially the parish was unusually mixed andretains this character to the present day.ln 1993 the parish was united with the parish of St Mark, Preston. The altarand other items from St Mark‘s church were brought to St Michaels andinstalled in the Lady chapel which was re-dedicated to St Mark on St Mark‘sDay 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 isrelatively prosperous with houses ranging from small terraced properties tolarge Victorian and Edwardian houses and incorporating the redevelopedDocks area.The St Mark‘s area of the parish, in contrast, is urban, developed from the1850‘s with terraced housing and industrial sites. Within the parish is part ofthe University of Central Lancashire (UClan), one of the largest campuses in theUK. Consequently much of the terraced housing is rented property.