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The present church

Just a short while before the old Church was closed the family of the then deceased George Ramsden sold the patronage of St. Paul's to a Mr. Howard Douglas Horsfall who tried valiantly to inject new life into the dying church, but to no avail. However Mr. Horsfall was not to be defeated - in very little time he was working towards the foundation of a new parish to be carved out of the Parish of St. Anne, Stanley.
 

No less a person than Mr. Giles Gilbert Scott, a young architect who had been appointed to design the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, was now asked to design the new St. Paul's Church. Scott had radically changed his design for the cathedral in 1910, replacing the twin towers with a massive central tower which was buttressed by four transepts. St. Paul's is based on the same design and it is very interesting to compare the design of St. Paul's tower with the first design for the cathedral tower.

cathedral tower tower

Construction of the church began in 1913 and was finished in 1916. Along with the Cunard Building, it was one of the few major buildings in Liverpool where building work was allowed to continue during the First World War. The church was to be built entirely of Jacobean two inch bricks specially made in Ruabon. All the walls were to be filled with concrete to give great strength. Certainly this was to be no ordinary church. The plan consisted of three high square groin-vaulted bays separated and framed on the North and South sides (ritually speaking) by short pointed tunnel vaults.

tower

Standing above the transepts is a mighty central tower crowned by a pyramid roof. The tower contains two bells which were originally in the old church. The three sets of short tunnel-vaulted bays to the South and North appear as transeptal projections, each having in its end wall a group of three very tall lancets under a blank arch and each with a half-hipped roof. Morrison's of Wavertree were to undertake the construction of this fine building for just over 11,000.

Statistics

  • Height to the apex of the tower is 108 feet
  • Interior height is 40 feet
  • Interior length is 142 feet 3 inches
  • Width is 57 feet 3 inches.

The church is now a grade II* listed building and is undergoing extensive restoration, funded by English Heritage .

Take a look at the view from the top of the tower. Click on the picture for a full size version