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All Saints, Childwall, Lancashire

(53°23′40″N, 2°52′57″W)
SJ 414 890
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lancashire
now Merseyside
  • James Cameron
31 Mar 2018

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Now in the suburbs of Merseyside, Childwall is the only medieval church in the Liverpool metropolitan area. It is essentially late medieval, with 14thc and later masonry all of new red sandstone, typical of Cheshire. The exterior is extremely restored, and the W steeple is Gothick of 1810-11. The arcades are of standard Perp-type, with one pillar removed on each side to allow for a round super-arch to allow visibility from the galleriesd. The church was restored 1851-6, then greatly expanded N with an outer N aisle in 1905-6. There is a single Romanesque capital N of the sanctuary, in an oblong niche.


Childwall is recorded in the Domesday Book as a very small settlement assessed as 3 and a half carucates. The one household is a priest, and half the plough-land is in alms. From 1094 to 1232 the advowson was heled by the Abbey of St Martin in Sées, and thus attached to its alien priory at Lancaster. A "Robert the priest of Childwall" is recorded in 1177/8. In 1291 the Taxatio assessed the beneficed as worth £40.


Loose Sculpture


Since the rear side is buried in the wall, it is difficult to tell whether it was an engaged capital of an opening. However, since it is carved on at least three sides, it is more likely it is from a furnishing of some type.


R. Pollard and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, New Haven and London 2006, 397-99.

W. Farrer and J. Brownbill eds, A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, Victoria County History, London 1907), 102-108.