Building » Widnes – St Raphael the Archangel

Widnes – St Raphael the Archangel

Liverpool Road, Widnes WA8

A low cost portal frame building, given some architectural pretension by the addition of a box-like facade and tower. It is, however, of little architectural and historic significance.

One of two churches built in Widnes in the 1950s as offshoots of St Bede’s.

The church is a portal framed structure with a pitched roof that is concealed behind a box-like frontage of brick and render. A stubby tower with large openings in the upper stage is attached to the northwest corner. A portal framed parish hall stands alongside, and the two storey presbytery is linked to the tower.

The interior has the character of a village hall, with the sanctuary contained within a proscenium. The sanctuary has been re-ordered, but in a makeshift manner, with a movable altar, and is not well suited to the liturgy.

Heritage Details

Architect: R. C. Blair

Original Date: 1959

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed