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Sefton parish church is one of the oldest Christian sites on Merseyside and is the only Grade I listed building in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.

Sefton, Merseyside

Opening times

The church is not open outside times for worship but visits can be arranged by contacting us.
A guided tour is available for groups.


Bridges Lane
L29 7WG

Sefton church was founded in 1170 by the Molyneux family, the local landowners. There is no trace of the original church beyond a few carved fragments. The tower and steeple and part of the north aisle remain from a 14th century reconstruction. The bulk of the church; chancel, nave, aisles and porch date from the early 16th century.

There was major restoration work in the 19th century and particularly in the early 20th century. The latter work was undertaken by the noted church architect, William Caroe and this included a fine carved ceiling, restoration of the rood screen and a new choir vestry.

The church contains some of the finest Tudor furnishings anywhere in the country with a set of elaborately carved screens, choir stalls and pews. There is a wealth of monuments ranging from 16th century brasses of the Molyneux family to the neoclassical memorial to William Blundell of 1807.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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