Christ Church, Waterloo, Merseyside

Address: Waterloo Road, Waterloo, Liverpool, Merseyside, L22 1RF
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A hauntingly romantic landmark for sailors

Christ Church was built in 1891-99 to replace a much humbler building and keep up with the increasing prosperity of this rapidly growing suburb of Liverpool. Its majestic tower of pink sandstone became a landmark for sailors, and still dominates the neighbourhood.

The church was disused for many years, and World War II bombing and later vandalism wreaked some damage, but the architecture is hauntingly romantic. It is a huge and impressive building with dazzling stained glass and a strong sense of Victorian confidence and civic pride.

Most of the fittings and furnishings have now gone but the interior remains striking. Soaring timber vaults form the roofs and graceful arches lead your eye to the great east window. Here, in vibrantly colourful stained glass, are depicted Christ with angels, saints and Old Testament figures. The west window is similarly gorgeous, and depicts the twelve Apostles. The glass is by Shrigley and Hunt, among the leading manufacturers of their period. Happily, local volunteers now run Christ Church as a community events venue.

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Road directions

4 miles north of Liverpool city centre; junction of Alexandra, Victoria and Waterloo Roads, off Crosby Road South (A565).

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Waterloo, Merseyside (0.25 miles)

OS Reference No.

SJ 321 976

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walkround guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

 

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This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.

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  1. Karen Salmon (01 Jul 2011, 13:02)

    It is a privilege to say I am a volunteer committee member for this magnificent church and I get to see it often throughout the different seasons. I say that because in all the different conditions, sunshine, rain or snow the church always stands and looks tremendous and has a welcoming atmosphere no matter what the weather. It plays a huge part in the community hosting lots of events. You can visit the church at one of the many events that are held there. The church is open a couple of times each month to the public see the website for more details http://oldchristchurch.tripod.com or you can make an appointment to visit by calling the number above. If you haven't already visited what are you waiting for?

  2. craig hughes (11 Nov 2011, 18:31)

    In September of 1962 I was christened there and as a chiuld growing up on the Seaforth/Waterloo border, played in the sand dunes and sea.
    Very fond memories indeed. Twenty fives years later my nephew was Christened there shortly before it closed down.

  3. Michael Hankinson (06 Apr 2013, 09:12)

    I was studying to become an organist and was a great friend of the organist George Mason - who followed on from his father as organist of the church.
    He was a wonderful man and very supportive of my ambitions. His grandson has become a musician and I was able in a small way to repay the debt to George by arranging for his son to travel to Johannesburg and conduct a symphony concert with the orchestra of which I was the conductor.
    I have wonderful memories of this beautiful building and it's fine three manual organ. What has happened to the organ - is it still in playable condition ?

  4. Liz (13 Mar 2014, 16:27)

    I was married here in 1975 by Mr Packenham, George Mason being the organist and Sheila his wife who was also over the girl guides here. Beautiful church. I remember Mr Packenham well, especially when I was in the choir he was a good Vicar and we used to giggle as he took his snuff box out and used it and we as children often wondered why he did it. My first two children were christened here too. I also remember the bells on a sunday morning calling us. I wonder what ever happened too Mr Packenham after he moved away from waterloo. We also went to Christ Church School (old school in Gt. Georges Road) and then on to Christ Church juniors that was just off Crosby Road. A few teachers stick out they were, Miss Reid, Mrs. Carter, Mrs Postlewaite and the Head Mr Robinson. This was the best days of our lives.

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Community information for Christ Church, Waterloo

 

All our Merseyside churches are in CCT’s North region.

About the Friends of Waterloo Church

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List of churches on Merseyside 

Merseyside is in the Diocese of Liverpool

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Christ Church, Waterloo, Merseyside

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.