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St Bede's Church, Widnes
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St Bede's Church, Widnes, from the south
Coordinates: 53°22′16″N 2°43′51″W / 53.3711°N 2.7308°W / 53.3711; -2.7308
OS grid reference SJ 514 863
Location Widnes, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Roman Catholic
History
Status Parish church
Dedication Saint Bede
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 31 October 1983
Architect(s) Weightman and Hadfield
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 1847
Specifications
Materials Red sandstone, slate roof
Administration
Parish St Wilfrid, Widnes
Diocese Liverpool
Clergy
Dean Fr Michael Fitzsimons

St Bede's Church is in Appleton Village, Widnes, Cheshire, England. It is an active Roman Catholic parish church in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.

History

The church was completed in 1847 and had been designed by Weightman and Hadfield. The land was donated by members of the local Dennett family, who also paid towards the cost of the building, which came to £3,000 (equivalent to £190,000 in 2018).2018 The church was consecrated on 22 September 1847. In May 1856 the original church bell was consecrated by Revd Alexander Goss, bishop of Liverpool. This was replaced in 1879 by the present bell, which was blessed by the then bishop of Liverpool, Revd Bernard O'Reilly. In 1922 the church was renovated, and the roof was replaced.

Architecture

St Bede's is built in red sandstone with a slate roof. Its plan consists of a west tower, a nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a chancel and a south porch. The tower has angle buttresses and gargoyles, and is crenellated. The windows in the nave are paired lancets, those in the clerestory have trefoil heads, and the tracery in the chancel windows is curvilinear. The entrance to the church is in the tower, and is in Decorated style.

Inside the church the arcades are carried on alternate round and octagonal columns. The altar dated 1850 is said to be by A. W. N. Pugin. The large organ is sited under the tower. There is stained glass in the east window, and on the north and south sides of the chancel.

Organ

The original pipe organ was installed by Gray and Davison in 1848 at a cost of £200. It was overhauled and electrified in the 1930s. This organ was replaced in 1979 by a two-manual organ made by George Benson in 1904 for the Independent Methodist Church in Oldham. It had been cleaned by Wadsworth in 1937 and was moved here, renovated and installed by J. A. Cundle and Sons of Liverpool at a cost of £3,850. The organ was renovated in the 2000s by Sydney Reeves, aided by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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