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Church of Saint Bridget, Liverpool
St Bridget's Church, Wavertree.jpg
Bagot Street, showing St Bridget's
Coordinates: 53°23′48″N 2°56′03″W / 53.3966°N 2.9341°W / 53.3966; -2.9341
OS grid reference SJ 379 892
Location Wavertree, Liverpool, Merseyside
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Saint Bridget, Liverpool
History
Status Parish church
Consecrated 1872
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 28 March 1952
Architect(s) E. A. Heffer
Architectural type Church
Style Italianate
Groundbreaking 1868
Completed 1872
Specifications
Materials Brick with a slate roof
Administration
Deanery Toxteth and Wavertree
Archdeaconry Liverpool
Diocese Liverpool
Province York

The Church of Saint Bridget is in Bagot Street, Wavertree, Liverpool, Merseyside, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Liverpool, the archdeaconry of Liverpool and the deanery of Toxteth and Wavertree.

History

The foundation stone was laid on 21 September 1868 and the church was consecrated in 1872. It was originally a chapel of ease to Holy Trinity Church, Wavertree, and became a parish in its own right in 1901. The architect was E. A. Heffer who designed the fabric of the church and its fittings.

Architecture

Exterior

The church is built in the style of an Italianate basilica. It is constructed of common brick with banding of red and blue brick, and a slate roof. The plan consists of a nine-bay nave with a clerestory, lean-to aisles, a chancel with a round apse and a high thin northwest campanile with narrow lights. All the windows are round-headed. The top stage of the campanile has round-headed, louvred bell-openings and sill courses, a cornice and a pyramidal roof. The west front has an enclosed porch with a gabled round-headed entrance over which is a roundel with a bust of Christ. Above this are three windows surmounted by a roundel.

Interior

Inside the church are arcades of nine bays with round arches supported by scagliola columns. The capitals alternately have oak and acanthus decoration. The ceilings are richly ornamented and coffered. The altar is free-standing in the apse. The reredos is a mosaic depicting the Last Supper dating from 1866 by Salviati. The pulpit is large and rectangular, made of polychromatic stone and marble with a balustrade of Corinthian columns. The lectern stands on a simple marble column. The font is square and made of polychromatic marble with a mosaic medallion in each face. The stained glass in the clerestory windows is by Charles A. Gibbs and the glass in the First World War memorial is by H. Gustave Hiller.

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