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Allerton – St Bernadette

Heath Road, Mather Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool 19

An  attractive 1930s church, influenced by  the  work  of  the architects Bernard Miller and F. X. Velarde. The building has some internal furnishings of note and is a local landmark. 

Built as a chapel-of-ease to St Francis, Garston, St Bernadette’s is a basilican church of 1935-36 in a moderne Romanesque style, designed by F. Reynolds of Hill, Sandy & Norris. It is built of brown brick with a tiled roof and white painted round headed timber windows. The gabled west front has a central doorway and above that a carved stone relief of the vision of St Bernadette. A tall campanile rises above the south porch.

The  simple  interior  is  long  and  narrow,  and  consists  of  a five-bay nave with  aisle passages set behind a semi-circular headed arcade and a clerestory. The wall surfaces are roughly plastered throughout, and the ceiling is timber boarded with exposed king post trusses below. Projecting out from a shallow recess at the east end is a baldacchino set on coppered columns with carved timber capitals. The stone altar has been brought forward. There are two side chapels, and over the sanctuary is a carved wooden crucifix. In the Lady Chapel is a small bronze statue of the Virgin by Arthur Dooley. The pews are contemporary with the church. At the west end is a shallow narthex with an organ loft above. At the northwest corner a baptistery projects from the main vessel of the church and contains a brick font.

Heritage Details

Architect: Hill, Sandy & Norris

Original Date: 1935

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed