Church of St Paul, Liverpool

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Church of St Paul, Liverpool
St. Paul's church, Stoneycroft - - 1692322.jpg
The Church of St Paul, Liverpool, from the southwest
Church of St Paul, Liverpool is located in Merseyside
Church of St Paul, Liverpool
Church of St Paul, Liverpool
Location in Merseyside
Coordinates: 53°25′08″N 2°54′54″W / 53.4190°N 2.9151°W / 53.4190; -2.9151
OS grid referenceSJ 393 917
LocationDerby Lane, Stoneycroft,
WebsiteSt Paul, Liverpool
StatusParish church
Founder(s)H. Douglas Horsfall
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationGrade II*
Designated12 July 1966
Architect(s)Giles Gilbert Scott
Architectural typeChurch
StyleGothic Revival
Completed1916 (1916)
Length142 feet 3 inches (43 m)
Width57 feet 3 inches (17 m)
Spire height108 feet (33 m)
MaterialsBrick, tile roofs
ParishSt Paul, Stoneycroft, Liverpool
DeaneryWest Derby
Vicar(s)Revd Emma Williams
Organist(s)David Stokes
  • Sheila Ashurst
  • Doreen Tomkinson
Parish administratorSteve 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.[1]

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.[2]


Church of England[edit]

The church was built between 1913 and 1916, and was paid for by H. Douglas Horsfall.[3] The church has been restored three times; in 1955, in 1972 and in 1998-2013.[4]

Coptic Orthodox Church[edit]

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



St Paul's is constructed with a concrete core, lined internally and externally with brick.[5] 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.[a] 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.[1]


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.[3] The low chancel wall has a canted pulpit at each end.[1] The three-manual pipe organ was built in 1916 by Rushworth and Dreaper at a cost of about £1,000 (equivalent to £70,000 in 2018).[6] The organ case dates from the 18th century and was originally in the former St Paul's Church, which has been demolished.[b] It is decorated with carving by Grinling Gibbons.[8][c] 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.[9]

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  1. ^ The church is orientated north-south, making the ritual west the actual north.[1] The directions given in the article are the ritual directions.
  2. ^ The old St Paul's was located in St Paul's Square. It closed in 1901 and was demolished in 1931.[3][7]
  3. ^ This was the first organ to be played by Ian Tracey when he was aged six; he is now the Organist Titulaire of Liverpool Cathedral.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Paul, Liverpool (1206520)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 3 April 2013
  2. ^ Liverpool: Stoneycroft, St Paul, Liverpool, Church of England, retrieved 3 April 2013
  3. ^ a b c Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 479–480, ISBN 0-300-10910-5
  4. ^ Restoration, St Paul, Stoneycroft, archived from the original on 24 September 2015, retrieved 24 March 2015
  5. ^ The present church, St Paul, Stoneycroft, archived from the original on 23 June 2014, retrieved 24 March 2015
  6. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  7. ^ History – the Old Church, St Paul, Stoneycroft, archived from the original on 24 September 2015, retrieved 24 March 2015
  8. ^ a b The Organ, St Paul, Stoneycroft, archived from the original on 24 September 2015, retrieved 24 March 2015
  9. ^ The Bells, St Paul, Stoneycroft, archived from the original on 15 April 2014, retrieved 24 March 2015