Liverpool Road, Great Crosby, Liverpool 23
Large Gothic Revival church of the 1890s by Sinnott, Sinnott & Powell, who built widely in the Archdiocese of Liverpool in the closing years of the nineteenth century. The church and contemporary presbytery form a good group. The internal plan is conventional, but the volume impresses, and there are a number of furnishings of interest and quality, including a pulpit purportedly designed by A. W. Pugin.
The church was built in 1892-4 from designs by Sinnott, Sinnott & Powell. At the west end there is a monument to Peter McKinley, who died in 1886 and ‘by whose generosity this church was built’. It replaced an earlier classical church of 1826, which was located further forward towards the street frontage.
Large urban church in late medieval style, built in 1892-4 from designs by Sinnott, Sinnott & Powell. Built of yellow quarry-faced sandstone with red ashlar sandstone dressings, slate roofs. Adjoining presbytery of similar date and materials consists of nave, aisles, transepts and a canted chancel flanked by side chapels. The chief external display is reserved for the gabled west front, which is dominated by a large six-light window with Geometrical tracery, flanked by statues of SS Peter and Paul in aedicules. Small triple lancet windows below this, and to the right a lean-to porch, incorporating the main entrance (on the return). Full-height northern projection at west end of the nave housing the organ. Large four-light windows with Geometrical tracery to the aisles (there is no clerestory), narrower trefoil-headed lancets to the transepts, chancel and side chapels.
The side entrance at the west front leads into a narthex under the western gallery. This leads into a tall nave of four bays, with moulded arcades resting on round piers with carved foliate capitals. Canted wooden ceiling to nave and chancel; there is no chancel arch. Foundation stone set low into north wall of the chancel. Flanking Lady Chapel (north) and Sacred Heart Chapel (south). The southern transept is deeper on plan than the northern one, and contains a gallery with additional seating. The whole church is fitted with plain pine pews.
The church was reordered in the 1980s, when the original high altar was dismantled and a plain forward altar introduced. Nevertheless the church retains a number of noteworthy late nineteenth and twentieth century fittings, including:
Architect: Sinnott, Sinnott & Powell
Original Date: 1892
Conservation Area: No
Listed Grade: Not Listed