The Parish Church of St Vincent de Paul is situated in St James’ Street, Liverpool L1 5JP
and is now served by the clergy from the Metropolitan Cathedral.
|Thursday||9.00am||Mass at Missionaries of Charity Convent, 55 Seel Street|
The Grade II* listed church was built in 1855-57 to replace a temporary wooden structure erected by the largely Irish dockland community. It is the earliest of several Liveprool churches designed by Edward Welby Pugin, who had an office in the city. The area surrounding the church was devastated by wartime bombing and later by slum clearance. In 1990 the congregation having dwindled, the church was closed, but following an offer by English Heritage of grant aid for roof repairs, it re-opened in 1997. The programme of repairs still continues.
The plan of the church is conventional, with a broad nave of five bays, side aisles, a west gallery with a narthex below and a large chancel and flanking chapels. The delicate iron and timber bellcote perched on the west gable is visible from afar. The interior is richly furnished with light flooding in from the large east and west windows and from the clerestory. The arcades have octagonal columns with carved capitals and angels’ head corbels. The sanctuary has a sumptuous alabaster reredos designed by Pugin in 1867, with in individual niches a continuous row of statues carved by William Farmer.