Liverpool Cathedral

Giles Gilbert Scott, Liverpool, 1978


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The 100 metre tall central tower 

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  • The 100 metre tall central tower    
  • Cathedral from St. James Cemetery    
  • Cathedral from road    
  • View across graveyard    
  • South east transept    
  • West end detail    
  • Entrance to Lady Chapel    
  • Beyond the bridge to the nave    
  • Choir and east window    
  • Lady chapel looking east    
  • View across transepts    
  • The Bishop    
  • Lady Chapel looking west    
  • South side of choir    
  • The reredos    
  • The choir looking east    
  • The organ case    
  • The choir stalls    
  • North side of choir    
  • The chapter house doorway    
  • Site plan    
  • Plan    
  • Section through nave    
  • Cross section through quasi south transept    
  • Section of vaulting to first bay of central space    
  • South-east transept    
  • End elevation of quasi south transept    
  • Chapter house    
  • Roof of Chapter House    
  • Plan of vaulting to first bay of central space    
  • Early drawing by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott showing two great towers    
  • Model of original Cathedral design    
  • Perspective view by Charles Gascoyne    
  • Site plan by Giles Gilbert Scott    
  • East end with Chapter house on right    
  • Construction view    
  • Another construction image    
  • Construction    
  • Construction view from cemetry    
  • Roof transept    
  • South east transept construction    
  • Choir vaulting    

Built in a gothic style Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, with its giant 101 metre tall central tower, dominates the city skyline

Giles Gilbert Scott won the open design competition to build a 20th century Cathedral for Liverpool in 1903 at the age of 22. Work began on the UK's largest Cathedral a year later in 1904 and although the church was consecrated in 1924, it was not completed until 1978.

The 188m long building lies on a north-south axis, on the prominent sandstone ridge roughly parallel with the River Mersey. The original design placed great emphasis on the nominal 'east end' with two towers placed at what is actually the north of the building.

Scott revised this plan while building was in progress, placing one giant tower at the centre of a symmetrical plan. Built in red sandstone the gothic revival structure demonstrates a simplicity and unity of masses on a giant scale.


  • Completed: Oct 1978
  • Floor area: 9,687m2
  • Sector: Religious
  • Tender date: 1904
  • Address: Liverpool Cathedral, St James’ Mount, Liverpool, L1 7AZ, United Kingdom

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