Basic Site Details

Name: Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, second competition, second limited stage
City or county: Liverpool
Country: England
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Notes: In 1903 the assessors, George F. Bodley and Norman Shaw, selected a proposal submitted by the 22-year-old student Giles Gilbert Scott, a choice made even more contentious when it was discovered that Scott was a Roman Catholic. Due to Scott's inexperience, the cathedral committee appointed Bodley to oversee the detailed architectural design and building work, a role he continued until his death in 1907.

The building of the Cathedral lasted the whole of Scott's life and he remained involved in the project until his death in 1960. With the choir and the first pair of transepts completed, the cathedral was consecrated in 1924. The tower was finished in 1942 but the first bay of the Nave was not completed until 1961, after Scott had died. The Cathedral was finally finished in 1978.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cathedral Church of Christ in Liverpool  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cathedral  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1St James's MountYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 319011903 Competition held
Item 2 of 31904 Foundation stoneFoundation stone laid
Item 3 of 31910 OpenedLady Chapel opened


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 8Austin & PaleyArchitectural practiceA1901 shortlisted design
Item 2 of 8Henry Anderson PaleyArchitectA1901  
Item 3 of 8Hubert James AustinArchitectA1901  
Item 4 of 8(Sir) Giles Gilbert ScottArchitect 19031910Won competition to secure job; work guided by Bodley due to Scott's inexperience
Item 5 of 8(Sir) Walter John TapperArchitect 1903 shortlisted design
Item 6 of 8C A NicholsonArchitect 1903 shortlisted design
Item 7 of 8George Frederick BodleyArchitect 19031907As assessor guided and assisted Scott in carrying out his winning design
Item 8 of 8Malcolm StarkArchitect 1903 shortlisted design


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Bassin, Joan Architectural competitions in 19th century England  Chapter 6
Item 2 of 4Crawford, Alan1995Charles Rennie Mackintosh London: Thames and Hudsonpp87-9
Item 3 of 4Hughes, Quentin1999Liverpool, City of Architecture   p127
Item 4 of 4Pevsner, N and Pollard2006Lancashire: Liverpool and the South West   p344-353

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder27 June 1903LXXXIV  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Keppie Design (David Stark)Database of jobs by Honeyman and Keppie no 320