Hi Joyce & Pamela
The following should more than satisfy your queries.
I have something on PRITCHARDS, I will check and see if yours is amongst
Originally compiled by Marg WALTON and posted to the list by Barbara
If you check out the URL after my name you will find some details of almost
all churches on Merseyside in 1902, compiled by Barbara and listed on the
Genuki web pages.
If you want to check out Maghull & Lydiate Churches, then you will find some
detail on the second URL.
I have noticed on the Lancs list, the Liverpool church thing has come up
again. As Charles has said there were quite a few more churches than on the
email from the person who originally asked about the "parish church" of
Liverpool. I have kept this email from Marg Walton, which appeared on the
Liverpool list a few times. It gives a very good history and explanation of
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 2:52 AM
Subject: [LIV] Fw: [CHS] St Nicholas/St Peter's Ch, / Parish Church./
Hi all, there has again been reference to Liverpool Parish Church,
have compiled a potted history, of the Church of England main places
of worship in Liverpool taken from various sources.
St NICHOLAS CHURCH.
For more than 700 years a church had stood on this site, On the
water's edge stood the tiny chapel of St Mary del Quay, a chapel of
ease for the Mother Church St Mary's Walton on the Hill. By the middle
the 14th century the population of Liverpool had grown to about a
thousand, and the little chapel was too small for it's needs also as
there was no burying ground in the town the dead had to be carried
to Walton 4 miles away to be buried. A new chapel was built on land
east of St Mary del Quay, with adjoining burial ground, which was
dedicated to St Nicholas, patron saint of mariners.
In 1361 Black Death reached Liverpool, as the new churchyard was not
yet consecrated it meant that the dead would have to be taken to
A special licence to bury in the churchyard was granted by the Bishop
Lichfield, in whose diocese Liverpool then was.
From the earliest times it was known as " the Chapel of St Mary and
St Nicholas", but
since it became parochial by the act of parliament in 1699, which
separated Liverpool Parish from Walton Parish, it has been known
as "the Parochial Chapel of Our Lady and St Nicholas", although,
while St Peter's stood, it was referred to affectionately as the
Church". The "Liverpool Cathedral Act of 1902", provided that, on the
of any portion of the Cathedral for public worship, St Nicholas'
should become the Parish Church of Liverpool. This was implemented by
an order from the council in 1916.
Over the centuries it has been enlarged and partly rebuilt, in 1940
the spire and tower escaped
serious damage from enemy action, but the interior was destroyed, the
new church, built to the design of Edward C Butler was consecrated in
St PETER'S CHURCH.
The Parish of Liverpool was sanctioned in 1699 and the foundation
stone for the new Parish church of St Peter's, Church St, was laid
in 1700, it was consecrated in June 1704 and designed as a copy of St
Andrew's Holborn, London. Originally it was the only building in
Church St, and was surrounded by a belt of stately elms, (picture a
Interments took place for about 150 years and ceased in 1853.
Fifteen years later 2,000 bodies were removed to Anfield Cemetery and
the graveyard laid out as flower gardens. For generations average no
of Baptisms was 5,000 per year included amongst these was William
Ewart GLADSTONE. At least a 1,000 couples married there. It was sadly
demolished in 1922, (shops now stand on the site and the only sign
left of the church is a slab made from part of one of the old steps,
with a brass cross set into it, on the pavement in front of the
building ( It's now HMV Record Store). St Peter's, was also the
Pro-Cathedral from 1880. (used as a Cathedral Church)
LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL, ST JAMES'S MOUNT, ANGLICANCHURCH OF CHRIST.
In 1900, Bishop Francis James Chavasse was the Bishop of Liverpool,
without a Cathedral, his throne was in St Peter's church. He persuaded
his diocese at a meeting in the Town Hall on 17th Jun 1901 (St Albans
Day) to build a Cathedral for the city.
The Foundation stone was laid by King Edward Vll 19 Jul 1904, and was
finally completed in 1978. It was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott a
22yr old (later Sir) a Roman catholic, and built of local red
sandstone from Woolton quarry.
Here are a few facts.
Work continued through both wars and at one time 300 masons were
employed at the site.
Largest Anglican Cathedral in the World.
World's 5th largest.
Highest and heaviest peal of bells in the world.
Highest Gothic Arches in Britain.
When installed largest organ in the world.
A 110 metre high tower (331 ft)
Highest Vaulting in the world 58 metre(175 ft ) max.
The 2nd Longest Cathedral in the world 205 metres(619 ft),
Sited beneath the St James Mount, is the Old St James Cemetery, Now
turned into gardens, many headstones having been removed and
containing many of your ancestors no doubt as certainly it contains
mine.1829 - 1936.
I do hope this helps to put the three main Church of England places
of worship into some perspective for those not familiar with the city.
Marg Walton(neeEDGE) scouser, West Midlands.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Doyle Walker" <dwjw(a)neto.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2001 4:50 PM
Subject: [LAN] St.Nicholas Church
Does anyone have information on St.Nicholas Church. My grandparents were
there in 1910.Is it still standing? I was told it was called the
Seaman's church, and I was wondering why it was given this title.
Also searching ILES, BUTTERS 1841-1891 Thank you.