St Cyprians

St Cyprians

Building of the Week

St Cyprians Church on Edge Lane was built between 1879 and 1881, for the sum of £9000!The architect Henry Sumners, designed the church to seat a congregation of 850. The foundation stone was laid on 3rd Sept 1879 by Charles Groves who had been a key figure in the creation of the church. The church was consecrated by the Right Revd. J. C .Ryle, Lord Bishop of Liverpool, on July 27 1881. It was remarkably debt free just 3 years later due to very generous donations by members of the congregation.

At a time of a rapidly expanding Liverpool the church enjoyed weekly congregations of 700+ and developed various thriving ‘clubs’ including a Literary Society holding regular ‘lantern lectures’ from 1881, 43rd Company Boys Brigade began in 1906 and the Girl Guides in 1930.  In 2001 the church and its congregation decided to erect a memorial in honour of those who died in the Ernest Brown Junior Instructional Centre ‘Durning Road Bombing’ of 1941. A wonderful glass plaque containing 150 names of those who died was sited inside the church and has now been erected at Kensington Junior School in Brae Street.

Over its 125 years the church had much to do in terms of maintenance and in 2002 it was estimated that £500,000 would be needed to bring it back into a state of good repair. Sadly on Feb 6th 2006 the church was advised that immediate vacation was required on Health & Safety grounds. The 125th Anniversary services were subsequently held at Brae St School.  Having been have been left isolated and vulnerable for many years, in 2013 the church was to be converted into student accommodation with architects saying ‘we will keep many historic features within the church as possible’.

Much of the above information was researched and edited by Rex Stevens, from an excellent book at Liverpool Central Library Archives: ‘A History of St Cyprian’s Church, Edge Hill, Liverpool 1881 - 2006’ compiled by Albert W Gregory J.P. The building is now going through a major redevelopement and turning its use to student accomadation. 


Photograph : Brian Sayle

1 comment

  • Comment Link Ronan Tuesday, 29 July 2014 18:50 posted by Ronan

    As far as I know it's now being converted into ..... wait for it ....... Student accommodation. Great building.

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