St Peter's Church, Liverpool

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St Peter's Church, Liverpool
St Peter's Church, Liverpool - W.H. Watts & W. Green (1800).png
St Peter's Church in 1800
St Peter's Church, Liverpool is located in Liverpool
St Peter's Church, Liverpool
St Peter's Church, Liverpool
Shown within Liverpool
53°24′18.4626″N 2°59′3.9103″W / 53.405128500°N 2.984419528°W / 53.405128500; -2.984419528Coordinates: 53°24′18.4626″N 2°59′3.9103″W / 53.405128500°N 2.984419528°W / 53.405128500; -2.984419528
DenominationChurch of England
Consecrated29 Jun 1704
Functional statusDemolished
Architect(s)John Moffat
Construction cost£3,500
Height33 m (108 ft)
Number of towers1

St Peter's Church was the Anglican Pro-cathedral and Parish church of Liverpool. It was erected in 1700,[1] consecrated on 29 Jun 1704 and demolished in 1922. It was located on Church Street.[2] Its location is now marked by a bronze Maltese cross on Church Street.[3]


The first Oratorio to be performed in Liverpool was Handel's Messiah and was performed in St Peter's Church.

On 1 July 1880, J. C. Ryle was appointed as the first Bishop of Liverpool at which point St Peter's became the pro-cathedral of Liverpool.

The church was replaced as cathedral of Liverpool by the current Liverpool Cathedral.

The church's records are stored in the Liverpool Records Office.[4]


The building was designed by John Moffat and was erected to the South of Church Street. The architecture of the pro-cathedral was criticised for being inconsistent; each of the doorways to the church were of different designs. The church had a single tower which measured 108 feet (33m) in height, the upper part of which was octagonal in shape and contained a peal of ten bells.

The church contained an oak altar which was greatly admired.[5] At the Eastern end was a stained glass window representing Saint Peter and at the Western end was a large organ.

The environment surrounding the church was criticised for being muddy; Church Street was not paved until 1760 and was the site of a weekly cattle market.



  1. ^ Young, Henry S.; Young, Harold E. (1913). Bygone Liverpool. Liverpool: Henry Young And Sons. p. 49.
  2. ^ Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks. "St Peter's Church, Church St, Liverpool 1704 - 1919". Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks. Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks. Retrieved 30 Dec 2016.
  3. ^ "Church St - Google Maps". Google Maps. Google. Jun 2014. Retrieved 30 Dec 2016.
  4. ^ "St. Peter's Church, Church Street". Liverpool Records Office. Liverpool Records Office. Retrieved 30 Dec 2016.
  5. ^ The Picture Of Liverpool. Liverpool: Thomas Taylor. 1834. p. 110.

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