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St Barnabas' Church,
Mossley Hill
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St Barnabas' Church, Mossley Hill,
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OS grid reference SJ 393 884
Location Smithdown Place, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, Merseyside
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Barnabas,
Mossley Hill
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 19 June 1985
Architect(s) James Francis Doyle
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival (Perpendicular)
Groundbreaking 1900
Completed 1914
Construction cost £14,000
Materials Brick with sandstone dressings, slate roof
Parish Penny Lane St Barnabas
Deanery Liverpool South Childwall
Archdeaconry Liverpool
Diocese Liverpool
Province York

St Barnabas' Church is in Smithdown Place, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, Merseyside, England. It stands at the junction of Allerton Road, Smithdown Road, and Penny Lane. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Liverpool South Childwall, the archdeaconry of Liverpool, and the diocese of Liverpool. The benefice is united with those of St Matthew and St James, Mossley Hill, and All Hallows, Allerton to form the Mossley Hill Team. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.


St Barnabas' was built between 1900 and 1914, and designed by the Liverpool architect James Francis Doyle. Before 1914 the congregation met in a temporary iron church. The architect died before the building was completed and the church was finished under the supervision of his brother Sydney W. Doyle. The church building cost £14,000 and, with the internal fittings, its total cost was about £25,000 (equivalent to £1,720,000 in 2021). In the 1960s pews were removed from the east end of the nave, and a nave altar and communion rails were installed. A small kitchen was added to the rear of the church in 1999, and since then more pews have been removed to create an open space at the west end of the nave.



The church is built in specially moulded bricks of various sizes, with red sandstone dressings, and the roof is of slate. The architectural style is Perpendicular. Inside, the columns are in Storeton stone. The plan of the church consists of a four-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles under lean-to roofs, two south porches, north and south transepts, a chancel with a south chapel and a northeast vestry, and a west tower. The tower has a west entrance, above which is a three-light window. The bell openings are paired with louvres, and above them is a cornice and an arcaded embattled parapet. The porches also have embattled parapets. The windows along the sides of the aisles and the clerestory have three lights, and those in the transepts and the chancel have five lights. The chapel windows have three lights, and those in the vestry have two and three lights.


Inside the church are five-bay arcades between the nave and aisles, and a three-bay arcade between the chancel and the chapel, the latter being more ornate than the former. In the east window is a war memorial in stained glass by H. G. Hiller. The two-manual pipe organ was built by Henry Willis & Sons, and there have been alterations and repairs since. The organ case was designed by Sydney W. Doyle. There is a ring of eight bells installed in 2010: the six largest bells were transferred from St James, Waterfoot, Lancashire, and the two smallest bells from elsewhere.

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