Hough Green Road, Widnes WA8
A well-designed modern church, attractive and welcoming in character, and flexible in use. Whilst not listable, the church is a significant building in an otherwise 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 bell housing. 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 of the church 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.
Architect: R. O’Mahony and Partners
Original Date: 1968
Conservation Area: Yes
Listed Grade: Not Listed