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Liverpool Cathedral Also known as The Anglican Cathedral Church of Christ

 

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  • Liverpool Cathedral is the result of a competition to decide on a seat for the Bishop of Liverpool which was held in 1902. The 22 year old Giles Gilbert Scott won despite having never designed a building before.
  • The first stone was laid by Edward the 7th in 1904 and the first element, the Lady Chapel opened in 1910.
  • Scott's original design was based on Durham Cathedral and had two towers at the west end, the revised plan called for a single central, exceptionally tall tower topped with a lantern. In 1910 Scott changed the style somewhat, losing much of the gothic detailing and introducing a significantly more modern, monumental style, even incorporating elements from rival competition entry.
  • The altar was completed in 1924 but the first services were held in 1940 with construction of the main tower complete in 1942. Work on the cathedral did not finish until 1978 thanks to financial problems, some 18 years after the death of its architect.
  • Liverpool Cathedral houses the tallest ringing peal of bells in the world at a height of 66m. It is also the largest church in the United Kingdom being 193.9 metres long and having an internal area of 9,687 square metres.
  • It is visible from the Pennines, over 40 miles away.

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Architect
Giles Gilbert Scott
Developer
Diocese of Liverpool
Main Contractor
Morrison and Sons of Wavertree

Reference Data

Reference No.
426
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
22-01-2009
 

Building Location

Address
6 Cathedral Close, St James Mount, Liverpool. L1 7BR
Council
Liverpool City Council
County
Merseyside
Region
North West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1902
Construction start date
1904
Completion date
1978
Style
Gothic Revival

Roof Height (AGL)
100.88

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Primary Use
Place of Worship

Floorspace (sq m)
9,687.00

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