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Church of St Paul, Liverpool
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The Church of St Paul, Liverpool, from the southwest
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OS grid reference SJ 393 917
Location Derby Lane, Stoneycroft,
Liverpool
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Paul, Liverpool
History
Status Parish church
Founder(s) H. Douglas Horsfall
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 12 July 1966
Architect(s) Giles Gilbert Scott
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1913
Completed 1916 (1916)
Specifications
Length 142 feet 3 inches (43 m)
Width 57 feet 3 inches (17 m)
Spire height 108 feet (33 m)
Materials Brick, tile roofs
Administration
Parish St Paul, Stoneycroft, Liverpool
Deanery West Derby
Archdeaconry Liverpool
Diocese Liverpool
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd Emma Williams
Laity
Organist(s) David Stokes
Churchwarden(s)
  • Sheila Ashurst
  • Doreen Tomkinson
Parish administrator Steve Rogan

The Church of St Paul is in Derby Lane, Stoneycroft, Liverpool, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building. It was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed the Anglican Liverpool Cathedral.

In 2016 the building was closed with a view to selling it to the Coptic Orthodox Church. Its benefice was united with that of St Anne, Stanley.

History

Church of England

The church was built between 1913 and 1916, and was paid for by H. Douglas Horsfall. The church has been restored three times; in 1955, in 1972 and in 1998–2013.

Coptic Orthodox Church

In 2016 the building was sold to the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Midlands and is now St. Mary & St. Cyril's Coptic Orthodox Church.

Architecture

Exterior

St Paul's is constructed with a concrete core, lined internally and externally with brick. It has stone bands and dressings, and a tiled roof. It consists of a nave and chancel without division, north and south narrow (passage) aisles, three north and south transepts, and a large central tower. The tower has a round-arched recess on each side containing round-headed two-light bell openings, which have louvres and Y-tracery. On top of the tower is a pyramidal roof. The southeast corner of the tower is chamfered and contains a canted stair turret surmounted by a pinnacle. At the west end are three lancet windows in an arched recess; it is flanked on each side by a porch. Each transept has a half-hipped gable, and contains windows similar to those at the west end. The east wall is blank, and there are four-light windows in the north and south walls of the chancel. The aisles have rose windows.

Interior

The interior of the church is plain, being entirely rendered other than for areas of exposed brick acting as dressings. It is effectively in three bays, each with a square groin vault, which are joined to each other by pointed tunnel vaults. Steps lead up to the chancel, whose south transept contains a chapel, and the north transept an organ loft and vestry. The low chancel wall has a canted pulpit at each end. The three-manual pipe organ was built in 1916 by Rushworth and Dreaper at a cost of about £1,000 (equivalent to £50,000 in 2018).2018 The organ case dates from the 18th century and was originally in the former St Paul's Church, which has been demolished. It is decorated with carving by Grinling Gibbons. In the tower are two bells, which were also moved from the old St Paul's. The older bell dates from 1775, and the newer, larger bell was cast in 1861 in Murphy's Bell Foundry, Dublin. The bells were restored in 1975 at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

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