Heritage open day at SFX Liverpool

The organ at SFX
The organ at SFX

The Friends of St Francis Xavier's Church Liverpool are organizing its participation in the national heritage open day this year.

St Francis Xavier's Church is a Grade II* building, decorated in gothic revival style. It is full of intricate stonework, beautiful stained glass from 1850 to the present day, and artefacts which reflect the history of Liverpool. The Jesuits have served the church for the whole of its 216 years existence.

SFX is two churches in one: the original designed by J J Scoles, opened in 1848, and an 1890 substantial chapel, designed by Liverpool architect, Edmund Kirby. The latter was built to house the rapid increase in parishioners caused by the huge population expansion in Liverpool resulting in a large part by the influx of Irish escaping the potato famine. By the beginning of WWII, SFX was the largest Catholic parish in England with over 13000 Catholics within its boundaries. The parish shrank in the second half of the 20th century because of inner city housing clearances, but was saved by a wave of protest throughout the country.

Since then the building has been restored and enhanced and welcomes many visitors besides its regular parishioners. This year, the Friends of SFX Church and the Heritage Lottery Fund have collaborated on the restoration of an 1850 William Wailes stained glass window which was shattered by bombs in May 1941. Come and hear that story and others associated with the building. Friends of SFX will be available to show visitors around. The church will be open from 9am until 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with pauses in tours for services as follows:

  • Friday Service 1200-1300
  • Saturday Service 1100-1230
  • Sunday Service 1015-1115

No booking required.  Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.

SFX Church can be found next to Hope University's Creative Campus, in the Everton district of Liverpool, at the junction of Shaw Street and Langsdale Street. Catch the 21 bus at Queens Square near the Royal Court Theatre and get off at the University. You will see the church across the gardens.

There is free street parking, but no on site parking.

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 10:00 to Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 16:00
Langsdale St
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 8DR
United Kingdom