Highfield United Reformed Church, Birkenhead
Description: Highfield United Reformed Church
Date Listed: 28 March 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 389310
OS Grid Reference: SJ3292086074
OS Grid Coordinates: 332920, 386074
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3673, -3.0096
Location: Rock Ln W, Birkenhead, Wirral CH42 4NZ
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SJ38NW ROCK LANE WEST, Rock Ferry
789-1/12/250 (South side)
28/03/74 Highfield United Reformed Church
(Formerly Listed as:
ROCK LANE WEST
Highfield Road Congregational Church)
United Reform (formerly Congregationalist) church. 1870-71. By
David Walker. Rock faced white Storeton stone with ashlar
dressings and Welsh slate roofs. Southwest tower and spire,
nave with 2 aisles and shallow transepts. West door with short
paired shafts and flanking windows. 4-light Decorated window
over. Polygonal side chapel to north west. Tower has clasping
buttresses and short paired shafts with foliate capitals and
deep moulded arch to south door. Tall lancets over, then
paired louvred bell chamber lights with gablets forming brooch
of spire. Bases only of angle pinnacles. 3-light Decorated
windows to aisles. 4-light Decorated windows to transepts.
Hall and vestry to east with apsidal east end, suggesting
chancel. Squared mullioned windows to ground floor, 2-light
Decorated windows beneath gablets over. Interior space
modified by inserted suspended ceiling. Arcade of 3 bays with
clustered cast iron shafts with foliate capitals. Eastern arch
behind sanctuary formerly housing organ now partially blocked.
Western gallery. Stained glass windows in (liturgical) north
wall by J.Capronnier of Brussels, dated 1876 and 1889 and
employing a highly pictorial technique. Further window in
Pre-Raphaelite style representing Moses and St.John either
side of Christ: dated 1876 but the central figure replaced
following war damage. Complex series of lecture halls and
vestries to east of church.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Hubbard E: Cheshire:
Listing NGR: SJ3292086074
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