St Andrew's Church, West Kirby

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St Andrew's Church, West Kirby
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St Andrew's Church, West Kirby, from the southwest
St Andrew's Church, West Kirby is located in Merseyside
St Andrew's Church, West Kirby
St Andrew's Church, West Kirby
Location in Merseyside
Coordinates: 53°22′34″N 3°11′09″W / 53.3761°N 3.1858°W / 53.3761; -3.1858
OS grid reference SJ 212,872
Location West Kirby, Wirral, Merseyside
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Modern Anglo-catholic
Website St Andrew, West Kirby
Dedication Saint Andrew
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 20 January 1988
Architect(s) Douglas and Fordham
Douglas and Minshull
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1889
Completed 1909
Materials Sandstone, slate roof
Slate-hung spire and pinnacles
Parish St Andrew, West Kirby
Deanery Wirral North
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York

St Andrew's Church is in Meols Drive, West Kirby, Wirral, Merseyside, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester, and the deanery of Wirral North.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


This was originally from 1891 a chapel of ease to St Bridget's Church and became a separate parish in 1920.[3] Building of the church began in 1889–91 by Douglas and Fordham and was completed in 1907–09 by Douglas and Minshull.[4]



The church is built in snecked sandstone with ashlar dressings and has a slate roof. It is cruciform in shape, and its plan consists of a five-bay nave, with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a crossing, north and south transepts, and a chancel. Above the crossing is a tower which is set diagonally on which is a slate-hung spire and four slate-hung pinnacles. The south transept forms a chapel and the north transept holds the organ chamber. At the west end is a four-light window and at the east end a five-light window flanked by niches containing statues. The chancel has embattled parapets.[2][4]


The columns of the arcade are octagonal. The font is also octagonal and it has a timber cover with crocketed pinnacles. In the crossing are the choirstalls, and the chapel to the south has a parclose screen. On the south wall of the chancel are a piscina and a sedilia.[2] The reredos is by Geoffrey Webb, is dated 1911, and contains canopied figures. It is painted and gilded, and described by the authors of the Buildings of England series as "magnificent".[4] In 1928 Arthur Barbosa designed the organ case, pew fronts and six-foot candlesticks.[5] At the west end of the church, dating from 1952, is a canopy forming a baptistry. The stained glass in the south transept, the north aisle and the east window is by Herbert Bryams, a pupil of Kempe. There are also two windows dating from the 1990s by Septimus Waugh.[4]

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  1. ^ St Andrew's, West Kirby, Church of England, retrieved 26 September 2011 
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of St Andrew, Hoylake (1242750)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 25 September 2012 
  3. ^ West Kirby, Genuki, retrieved 21 March 2008 
  4. ^ 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. 662, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  5. ^ Obituary: Artur Barbosa from The Independent, Friday 13 October 1995. Retrieved 19 Dec 2013.

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