St Stephen's Church, Gateacre

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St Stephen's Church, Gateacre
St. Stephens Church, Gateacre, Liverpool.jpg
St Stephen's Church, Gateacre, from the southwest
St Stephen's Church, Gateacre is located in Merseyside
St Stephen's Church, Gateacre
St Stephen's Church, Gateacre
Location in Merseyside
Coordinates: 53°23′12″N 2°51′21″W / 53.3868°N 2.8559°W / 53.3868; -2.8559
OS grid reference SJ 432 881
Location Belle Vale Road, Gateacre, Liverpool, Merseyside
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Evangelical, Gently Charismatic
Website St Stephen, Gateacre
Consecrated 11 February 1874
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 14 March 1975
Architect(s) Cornelius Sherlock
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1872
Completed 1874
Materials Sandstone, slate roof
Parish St Stephen, Gateacre
Deanery Liverpool South Childwall
Archdeaconry Liverpool
Diocese Liverpool
Province York
Rector Revd Philip Janvier
Curate(s) Revd Sandra Doore
Reader(s) Joy Jary, Kay Lyons, Kate Johnston
Churchwarden(s) Patrick Coyle, Gareth Morgan

St Stephen's Church is in Belle Vale Road, Gateacre, Liverpool, Merseyside, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Liverpool South Childwall, the archdeaconry of Liverpool, and the diocese of Liverpool. Its benefice is united with those of Christ Church, Netherley, and St Mark, Childwall Valley, to form the Gateacre Team.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The church was built between 1872 and 1874, and designed by the local architect Cornelius Sherlock.[3] The foundation stone was laid on 1 April 1872, and the church was consecrated on 11 February 1874 by the bishop of Chester. Originally it was a chapel of ease to All Saints, Childwall, and became a separate parish in 1893.[4] A south vestry was added to the church in 1897.[2]



St Stephen's is constructed in rock-faced sandstone with ashlar dressings, and has a slate roof with a tiled ridge.[2][3] It is designed in the architectural style of about 1300.[3] The plan of the church consists of a five-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles under lean-to roofs, a south porch, a chancel with north and south vestries, and a northwest steeple. The tower has angle buttresses rising to crocketed gables. It has a west entrance, and on the west face are paired lancet windows flanking a niche containing a statue. At the top of the tower is a frieze and an embattled parapet with gargoyles. There are lucarnes on the spire. The windows along the sides of the aisles have two or three lights with cusped ogee heads. Along the clerestory are rose windows. The west window has four lights, the east window has three, and the windows in the vestries have two lights.[2]


Inside the church are five-bay arcades carried on round columns. The roof of the nave is scissor-braced, and that of the chancel is coffered.[2] The stained glass in the west window, dating from 1883, was designed by Edward Burne-Jones and coloured by William Morris and attributed to Morris & Co., and that in the east window, dated 1880, is by Frederick Preedy.[3] The maker of the two-manual pipe organ is not known. It was cleaned and repaired in about 1900 by Gray and Davison.[5] The organ was repaired again in 1939 by Rushworth and Dreaper.[4] However, it needed major repairs in the 1990s and was modernized with poor electronic components.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ St Stephen, Gateacre, Church of England, retrieved 20 October 2013 
  2. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Church of St Stephen, Liverpool (1356289)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 20 October 2013 
  3. ^ 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, pp. 431–432, ISBN 0-300-10910-5 
  4. ^ a b An abbreviated history (PDF), St Stephen's Church, Gateacre, retrieved 20 October 2013 
  5. ^ Lancashire Gateacre, St. Stephen, Belle Vale Road (E01593), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 20 October 2013