St Alban's Church, Warrington

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St Alban's Church, Warrington
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St Alban's Church, Warrington, west end
St Alban's Church, Warrington is located in Cheshire
St Alban's Church, Warrington
St Alban's Church, Warrington
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°23′35″N 2°35′49″W / 53.3930°N 2.5970°W / 53.3930; -2.5970
OS grid reference SJ 603 886
Location Bewsey Street, Warrington, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website St Alban's Warrington
Dedication Saint Alban
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 4 April 1975
Architect(s) Edward Alcock,
Peter Paul Pugin
Architectural type Church
Groundbreaking 1823
Completed 1909
Materials Brick
Diocese Liverpool
Priest(s) Fr Christopher Cunningham
Deacon(s) Revd Paul Cooper,
Revd Terry Dolan

St Alban's Church is in Bewsey Street near to the centre of the town of Warrington, Cheshire, England. It is an active Roman Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Liverpool.[1] The church forms part of the parish of Sacred Heart and Saint Alban.[2] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[3]


The parish was founded in 1772 by the Benedictine monks of Ampleforth Abbey, and was the first Roman Catholic church in the town after the Reformation.[1] The present building dates from 1823 and was designed by Edward Alcock.[4] In 1893 the sanctuary, designed by Peter Paul Pugin, was added to the church.[1] The west façade was refashioned in 1909.[4]


The church is built in brick.[4] Its plan consists of a nave with a shallow apsidal sanctuary, a west porch and a five-sided baptistry at the northwest corner. The porch is pedimented and has a round-headed archway with two orders.[3] Above this are three round-arched windows and the roof is gabled.[4]

The altar, reredos and sanctuary area were designed by Peter Paul Pugin. The stone and alabaster free-standing and canopied altar was made by Boulton's of Cheltenham. On the north side of the sanctuary is the Lady Altar, also by Pugin. The paintings, which depict saints, were executed by Joseph Pippett of Birmingham. The reredos depicts the legend of St Alban. The stained glass in the west windows and in the windows in the north and south walls also depict saints. The parish registers go back to 1774.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d The Church of St Alban, The Parish of Sacred Heart and Saint Alban, Warrington, retrieved 23 September 2013 
  2. ^ Welcome, The Parish of Sacred Heart and Saint Alban, Warrington, retrieved 23 September 2013 
  3. ^ a b Historic England, "Roman Catholic Church of St Alban, Warrington (1161260)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 September 2013 
  4. ^ a b c d Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 608, ISBN 0-300-10910-5