St Nicholas' Church, St Helens

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St Nicholas' Church, St Helens
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St Nicholas' Church, St Helens is located in Merseyside
St Nicholas' Church, St Helens
St Nicholas' Church, St Helens
Location in Merseyside
Coordinates: 53°25′42″N 2°43′16″W / 53.4282°N 2.7211°W / 53.4282; -2.7211
OS grid reference NZ 274,513
Location New Street, Sutton,
St Helens, Merseyside
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Nicholas, St Helens
Dedication Saint Nicholas
Consecrated 4 June 1849
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 23 August 1985
Architect(s) Sharpe and Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1848
Completed 1960s
Construction cost Over £3,900
(equivalent to £360,000 in 2015)
Materials Stone, slate roofs
Parish Sutton
Deanery Saint Helens
Archdeaconry Warrington
Diocese Liverpool
Province York
Rector Revd Amanda Bruce
Vicar(s) Revd Mark Taylor
Curate(s) Revd Dan Griffiths

St Nicholas' Church is in New Street, Sutton, Merseyside, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Saint Helens, the Archdeaconry of Warrington and the diocese of Liverpool. Its benefice is combined with those of All Saints, Sutton, and St Michael and All Angels, Sutton.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The church was built in 1847–49 and designed by the Lancaster architects Sharpe and Paley. Its total cost was over £3,900 (equivalent to £360,000 in 2015),[3] to which King's College, Cambridge, patron of the church, contributed £1,270 in commemoration of the fourth centenary of its foundation. The church was consecrated on 4 June 1849 by Rt Revd John Graham, Bishop of Chester.[4] The tower was added in 1897 and the vestry in the 1960s.[5]


St Nicholas' is built in stone rubble with slate roofs.[2] It is in Geometric style.[4] The plan consists of a five-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a west tower, a three-bay chancel with a south organ loft, a north vestry, and a south porch. The tower has diagonal buttresses, a three-light west window, two-light louvred bell openings, and a stair turret. Around the summit is an embattled parapet. The chancel has gabled buttresses, and is surmounted by a parapet supported by corbels.[2] The stained glass in the east window dates from 1879; it was designed by Henry Holiday and depicts Faith, Hope and Charity.[5] Elsewhere is stained glass dating from the 1850s and 1890s.[2]

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  1. ^ St Nicholas, Sutton, Church of England, retrieved 30 May 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Nicholas, St Helens (1199239)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 30 May 2012 
  3. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",
  4. ^ a b Hughes, John M. (2010), Edmund Sharpe: Man of Lancaster, John M. Hughes, p. 221 
  5. ^ a b Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), The Buildings of England: Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 567–568, ISBN 0-300-10910-5 

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