Basic Site Details

Name: Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, first competition
City or county: Liverpool
Country: England
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Notes: Assessor Ewan Christian. Over 100 designs submitted

The first competition, held in 1884-1886, for a new Anglican Cathedral on a site near St George’s Hall, Liverpool, was a disaster. Only after the prize had been awarded to Sir William Emerson for a Gothic design surmounted by a dome did the committee realise the absurdity of placing two major buildings so close together and abandoned the project in 1888

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11886  Limited competition held - 3 invited to submit plans


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 20Alfred WaterhouseArchitect 1884 Shortlisted competition design
Item 2 of 20Frank Loughborough PearsonArchitect 1884 Shortlisted competition design
Item 3 of 20John Oldrid ScottArchitect 1884  
Item 4 of 20Edward Graham PaleyArchitectC1884 Shortlisted competition design
Item 5 of 20Hubert James AustinArchitectC1884 Shortlisted competition design
Item 6 of 20Paley & AustinArchitectural practiceC1884 Shortlisted competition design
Item 7 of 20Benjamin IngelowArchitectD1884  
Item 8 of 20Carpenter & IngelowArchitectural practiceD1884  
Item 9 of 20Richard Herbert CarpenterArchitectD1884  
Item 10 of 20Clarke & MicklethwaiteArchitectural practiceE1884  
Item 11 of 20John Thomas MicklethwaiteArchitectE1884  
Item 12 of 20Somers ClarkeArchitectE1884  
Item 13 of 20(Sir) Arthur William BlomfieldArchitect 1886  
Item 14 of 20(Sir) William EmersonArchitect 1886 Winning competition design
Item 15 of 20James BrooksArchitect 1886 Shortlisted competition design
Item 16 of 20Bodley & GarnerArchitectural practiceA1886 Shortlisted competition design
Item 17 of 20George Frederick BodleyArchitectA1886 Shortlisted competition design
Item 18 of 20Thomas GarnerArchitectA1886 Shortlisted competition design
Item 19 of 20James Murdoch HayArchitectB1886 Submitted plans uninvited and was not considered by Christian
Item 20 of 20W & J HayArchitectural practiceB1886 Submitted plans uninvited and was not considered by Christian


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Bassin, Joan Architectural competitions in 19th century England   
Item 2 of 2Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Builder1884  XLVII pp251, 316, 516 & 780
Item 2 of 7Builder1884XLVI p740
Item 3 of 7Builder9 October 1886LI Hays' design
Item 4 of 7BuilderEarly 1886L L pp230, 232-7i, 240-1i, 244-5i, 248-9i, 261, 266, 267, 270-1, 274-5i, 278-9i, 304-5i, 341i, 370i, 372-3i, 376-7i & 520-1i
Item 5 of 7BuilderLate 1886LI LI pp43, 650, 763, 834 & 878
Item 6 of 7BuilderEarly 1887LII pp5, 74, 100, 249, 266, 301, 331, 347, 368 & 419
Item 7 of 7BuilderEarly 1888LIV pp117, 133, 173, 262, 278 & 304i