The church was designed by Edmund Ware and Edmund Rathbone and opened in 1899.
Behind its plain exterior is a remarkable interior, rich in English Arts and Crafts furnishings, which are very rare in a Nonconformist chapel. There are fittings by many Art Nouveau craftsmen associated with the Bromsgrove Guild, including a fine reredos of Birkenhead 'Della Robbia' ware that was designed by Harold Rathbone.
... decorated in a style new, so far as we are aware, to this country.
~ The Inquirer, 1899
We don't have any events planned here at the moment, but we're open to visitors.
The building is used by Wallasey School of Ballet six days a week, so visits open by prior arrangement only (020 7481 0533) and subject to class times. The exterior is visible from the street.
Disabled access is available by lift. WC.
The nearest rail stations are Wallasey Village or Wallasey Grove Road, from where buses connect to Liscard town centre, 3 minutes walk to the church in Manor Road. Car parking in adjacent streets.
If you are interested to explore Wallasey, the History of Wallasey website will guide you to interesting buildings and tell you about the history of the area.
Liverpool is just 30 minutes or so away by public transport (Wallasey Village to Liverpool Lime Street), where there is a wealth of things to do and see, including Liverpool Cathedral, the Walker Art Gallery, and Albert Dock, which boasts visitor attractions as varied as the Beatles Story, Tate Liverpool, the Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum, and boat tours as well as plenty of bars and restaurants.
Open for visits by prior arrangement, to fit around class times, with Wallasey School of Ballet (020 7481 0533).
The church today known as Wallasey Unitarian Church is more fully Liscard Memorial Unitarian Church, Wallasey. It was designed by Edmund Ware and Edmund Rathbone and opened in 1899; it is Grade II* listed on account of its Free Style and Arts and Crafts fittings. The reredos, a triptych of Birkenhead 'Della Robbia' ware, was designed by Harold Rathbone. It is signed and dated 1899. You can read more about the reredos here: Focus on Wallasey reredos
The exterior architecture of the church and integral hall is deliberately secular and un-ecclesiastical and though handsome does not prepare one for the fittings inside.
Walter Gilbert, a founder of the Bromsgrove Guild, designed the decorative ironwork and the porch detailing was sculpted by Benjamin Creswick. The intention behind the decoration was to portray religious themes in a fresh artistic language.
HCT has completed a major repair of the church and hall and upgraded its facilities for modern usage. The hall is used by Wallasey Ballet School.
Repairs to the roof were completed in 2016, funded by a number of generous trusts and foundations. We are now raising funds for essential repairs to the interior.
If you would like to help us to restore and maintain this wonderful Grade II* building, by helping as a volunteer or by making a donation
Today the Church Hall and rooms to the rear are used throughout the week by the Wallasey School of Ballet.
The church is available for for lectures, exhibitions, AGMs and meetings subject to Ballet School uses.
To enquire about hiring the Church contact us using the adjacent form