Our Lady and St Nicholas Church

pictures, photos, facts and information on Our Lady and St Nicholas Church (Liverpool)


Our Lady and St Nicholas Church ( 480x640 )
Place this picture into your website!
View the picture in these resolutions: 480x640 | 600x800 | 768x1024 | 960x1280
Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas is a parish church in Liverpool, locally known as The Sailors’ Church or even simpler as St. Nick’s (St Nicholas is a saint patron of Sailors). It stands next to the Mersey River, near the Pier Head.

The church stands on the site where a small stone chapel known as St Mary del Quay had been built in 1257. Nearly a hundred years later, in 1355, a new chapel dedicated to St Mary and St Nicholas was built here. It was gradually growing. During the Reformation the church was adapted to fit Protestants. At the beginning of the 18th century it became one of the two Parish churches in Liverpool (together with St. Peter’s Church) and a spire was added. By the year 1865 there were 27 churches in the parish, and unfortunately no money to replace the “Old Church”. And it led t a disaster. On Sunday 11 February 1810, the spire crashed into the nave below and killed 25 people. Twenty-one of them were under 15 years old. The original ring of 6 bells dating from 1636-1724 was destroyed as well.

A new tower was consequently built at the north side of the church between 1811 and 1815. It was designed by Thomas Harrison of Chester. Within the tower a new ring of 12 bells was installed. The church did not change much until 1940, although the churchyard stopped being the cemetery and turned into the public garden in memory of James Harrison, whose shipping company had its offices facing the churchyard. During the Second World War the main church was destroyed. Rebuilding began in March 1949 according the design of an architect Edward C. Butler and the church was consecrated on 18 October 1952. A new ring of 12 bells was cast by John Taylor and Co. of Loughborough. The architect made some major changes, for example he placed the altar to the western end (not eastern as it is usual).

Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas is open every weekday for quiet and private prayer. The Mass is offered every day as well and it is sung on Sundays and great festivals. Usual times are 9.30 Sunday, 12.15 Monday through Friday, 9.30 Saturday.
Search earthinpictures.com site