Church of Saint Bridget, Liverpool

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Church of Saint Bridget, Liverpool
St Bridget's Church, Wavertree.jpg
Bagot Street, showing St Bridget's
Church of Saint Bridget, Liverpool is located in Merseyside
Church of Saint Bridget, Liverpool
Church of Saint Bridget, Liverpool
Location in Merseyside
Coordinates: 53°23′48″N 2°56′03″W / 53.3966°N 2.9341°W / 53.3966; -2.9341
OS grid referenceSJ 379 892
LocationWavertree, Liverpool, Merseyside
CountryEngland
DenominationAnglican
WebsiteSaint Bridget, Liverpool
History
StatusParish church
Consecrated1872
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationGrade II*
Designated28 March 1952
Architect(s)E. A. Heffer
Architectural typeChurch
StyleItalianate
Groundbreaking1868
Completed1872
Specifications
MaterialsBrick with a slate roof
Administration
ProvinceYork
DioceseLiverpool
ArchdeaconryLiverpool
DeaneryToxteth and Wavertree

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,[1] and is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Liverpool, the archdeaconry of Liverpool and the deanery of Toxteth and Wavertree.[2]

History[edit]

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.[3] The architect was E. A. Heffer who designed the fabric of the church and its fittings.[4]

Architecture[edit]

Exterior[edit]

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.[1][4] 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.[1]

Interior[edit]

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.[1][4] 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.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of Saint Bridget, Liverpool (1068396)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 March 2015
  2. ^ Deanery of Toxteth and Wavertree, Diocese of Liverpool, retrieved 10 October 2008
  3. ^ St. Bridget's Church, Bagot St. Wavertree, Lancashire Online Parish Clerks, retrieved 10 October 2008
  4. ^ a b c d Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), The Buildings of England: Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, New Haven & London: Yale University Press, p. 493, ISBN 0-300-10910-5