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Widnes – St Basil

Hough Green Road, Widnes WA8

A well-designed modern church, attractive and welcoming in character, and flexible in use. A significant building in an otherwise architecturally undistinguished residential area.

A suburban church, built in a new housing area on the outskirts of Liverpool in 1968.


St Basil’s is an attractive modern church of purple brick with a shallow pantile roof. On three sides the roof is raised above a continuous clerestory. At one corner of the building is an angled fin that acts as a housing for a single bell. The presbytery is attached to the church by a link block containing the sacristy. On the east wall of the church is a relief sculpture in bronze depicting the apostles.

The interior walls are faced in a paler brick, and the ceiling is of boarded timber. Three banks of pews are set out in an angled arrangement around a central raised sanctuary, and the worship space can be enlarged by using the hall which opens onto the sanctuary on the (liturgical) south side. The fittings and furnishings are original to the church and designed by the architect.

Heritage Details

Architect: R. O’Mahony & Partners

Original Date: 1968

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed