St Peter's Church, Rock Ferry

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St Peter's Church, Rock Ferry
St Peter's Church, Rock Ferry, from the southwest
St Peter's Church, Rock Ferry is located in Merseyside
St Peter's Church, Rock Ferry
St Peter's Church, Rock Ferry
Location in Merseyside
Coordinates: 53°22′10″N 3°00′07″W / 53.3694°N 3.0020°W / 53.3694; -3.0020
OS grid reference SJ 334 863
Location St Peter's Road,
Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, Wirral, Merseyside
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Evangelical
Website St Peter, Rock Ferry
Dedication Saint Peter
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 28 March 1974
Architect(s) Hurst and Moffatt
Architectural type Church
Style Neo-Norman,
Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1841
Completed c. 1884
Materials Sandstone, slate roofs
Parish St Peter, Rock Ferry
Deanery Birkenhead
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Chris Slater
Churchwarden(s) Di Meacock,
Frank Newman

St Peter's Church is in St Peter's Road, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, Wirral, Merseyside, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Birkenhead, the archdeaconry of Chester, and the diocese of Chester.[1] The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[2]


St Peter's was built between 1841 and 1842, and designed by Hurst and Moffatt. The chancel was added in about 1884.[3] The church was badly damaged by bombs during the Second World War. It was repaired, but did not re-open until 1958.[4]



The church is constructed in sandstone with slate roofs. The nave and steeple are in a variation of the Neo-Norman style, and the chancel is Gothic Revival. The plan consists of a six-bay nave, a chancel with a north organ chamber and a south vestry, and a west tower with a spire. The tower is in three stages with clasping buttresses and a west door. Above the door is a pair of round-headed windows under a segmental arch. In the top stage are triple bell openings. The cornice at the top of the tower has corner corbels carved with winged beasts. On the tower is a broach spire with lucarnes. Along the sides of the nave the bays are divided by square pilaster buttresses rising to fluted finials.[a] The windows are round-headed. On the sides of the chancel are two-light Decorated windows, and the east window consists of triple stepped lancets.[2]


The interior of the church was refurbished after the war damage. A ceiling was added, and the interior was subdivided.[3] The octagonal font of 1853 is panelled. The choir stalls and panelling in the chancel are dated 1884 and 1923.[2] The stained glass in the east window dates from 1958 and depicts saints; it is by William Morris of Westminster.[2][3] The pipe organ was built by Henry Willis. It originally had two manuals, and a choir section was added later by H. Ainscough.[5] There is a ring of six bells, all of which were re-cast in 1914 by John Taylor & Co.[6][7]

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  1. ^ In the Buildings of England series these are described as "like cottage loaves".[3]


  1. ^ St Peter, Rock Ferry, Church of England, retrieved 24 December 2013 
  2. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Peter, Birkenhead (1218851)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 24 December 2013 
  3. ^ a b c d Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 159, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  4. ^ St Peter, Rock Ferry, GENUKI, retrieved 24 December 2013 
  5. ^ Cheshire Rock Ferry, St. Peter (N04407), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 24 December 2013 
  6. ^ Rock Ferry, S Peter, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 24 December 2013 
  7. ^ St Peter, Rock Ferry, Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 24 December 2013 

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