Building » Old Swan – St Brendan’s Shrine

Old Swan – St Brendan’s Shrine

Prescot Road, Old Swan, Liverpool 13

A large plain building, with Gothic detail.

A plaque in the building records that church and presbytery were given to the Archdiocese of Liverpool by Alderman Francis Wilson and Mary Wilson.

The church is a simple barn-like structure with walls of red brick laid in stretcher bond and red sandstone dressings under a pitched roof covered in concrete tiles. The north side fronting Prescot Road is ten bays long, with doorways in pointed arches in the first and eighth bays from the west end. The other bays have large pointed windows with square-paned glazing in metal frames with interlace glazing bars in the window heads. The south elevation at the rear has smaller pointed windows set high in the wall. The west wall is blind apart from nine small windows at low level; the east elevation has a single round window.

The interior is a large undivided space with a timber dado, plastered walls and a shallow canted ceiling covered with acoustic tiles. At the west end is a gallery containing an organ with an enclosed vestibule beneath. Marble altar against the east wall and marble communion rails. Elaborate wooden font cover at west end.

*Update: church closed*

Heritage Details

Architect: Not established

Original Date: 1961

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed