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Ainsdale – Sacred Heart

Liverpool Road, Ainsdale PR8

An early twentieth-century brick chapel with a well-designed modern extension.

A school-chapel was built in 1878 from designs by James O’Byrne of Birkdale. Funded through the munificence of T. Weld Blundell of Ince Blundell Hall, this was described in The Tablet (24 August 1878) as ‘a neat structure, crowned by a bell tower and entered by a porch’. Further work was carried out in 1907 and the building was extended with a new hall in 2001.


Of stock brick with red brick banding, stone dressings and slate roofs. Nave and chancel beneath one roof. The east end is windowless with a slightly projecting central bay protected by a slightly projecting roof hip. Western bellcote. The west entrance front has a projecting hipped roof supported by timber braces, paired windows with basic Perpendicular style tracery; single-storey porch. Side windows are arched with timber glazing bars. A hall extension on the south side is of brick with a curving canopy to the entrance area and a taller hall element with a strip clerestory. It was erected in 2001.

The interior has not been inspected but is said to have been reordered in the mid-twentieth century, again during the 1980s, and with further alterations in the 1990s.

Entry amended by AHP 11.01.2021

Heritage Details

Architect: James O'Byrne; Black & Milligan and T. E. Davies

Original Date: 1878

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed