Sefton Church Building

As a Grade 1 listed building, Sefton Church has a lot of history. Our church is a large building built of local stone and listed as Grade 1 – the only such building in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton. It is given three stars in “The Guide To The Thousand Best Churches In The Country”.

It was probably founded about 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 Neo-classical memorial to William Blundell of 1807.

The Friends of Sefton Church are helping to bring the fascinating story of our Church to this website very soon...

In the meantime, many thanks to Mike Stammers, also to Michael Allen for drawing my attention to the Wikipedia article on Sefton Church. Also check out this article on the British History Website.

Visiting the Church

Sefton is open to visitors every Bank Holiday Monday and Sunday afternoons in August from 2pm - 4.30pm. The church is also usually open on Monday mornings but we suggest that you confirm this before arriving. We are always happy to welcome visitors to the church by arrangement and would ask you to contact the Church Wardens in the first instance - please click on the button below.

Please note that it is not always possible to arrange visits at less than 7 days notice and we would suggest that you plan your visit well in advance.

Upcoming Events

Christian Aid Week

14th-28th May 2017

Compassion without borders

Recommended

There are a number of audio and video recordings of services held at our church.

  • The latest is a video of the 2014 Nine Lessons & Carols service
  • An audio recording of the first of the new Family Service format which by coincidence was also the retirement service for Tony Nightingale, our Organist and Choirmaster
  • An audio recording of the Royal Jubilee service held at Sefton Church on Sunday 10th June 2012, a service of thanks and appreciation for Queen Elizabeth II in the 60th year of her reign

More recordings are available - Click the button below...

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