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St Anthony's RC Church; History, Records and Information



St Anthony's Roman Catholic Church
Scotland Road
Liverpool L5 5BD

In 1806, the French Chapel was built on the corner of Dryden Street and Scotland
Road. James Picton described it as 'a little quaint-looking brick building,
surmounted by a cross, with a modest residence by its side.' It was founded by the
Reverend Jean Baptiste Antoinet Gerardot, an emigré from the French Revolution of
1789, and Freddy O'Connor makes the interesting point that during the Napoleonic
Wars 'French prisoners of war would have attended the church under supervision
from the Borough Jail in Great Howard Street. Gerardot died in 1826, but his
ministry was so successful that, by the late 1820s, a larger church was needed.
  The famous Liverpool church of St Anthony's, Scotland Road, was built in 1833
and designed by John Broadbent. He was a pupil of Thomas Rickman (as for a time
was Arthur Hill Holme) who also designed the tower of St Mary's Walton and the
Classical church of St Augustine's on Shaw Street. At St Anthony's, Broadbent built
a simple if not severe church with Early English buttresses and lancet windows and
a surprisingly large interior. The church has a commanding presence on Scotland
Road, and even the dour James Picton acknowledged that 'the building is imposing
from its size and proportions'.

The above description comes from 
'The Churches of Liverpool' 
by David Lewis
Published by The Bluecoat Press
ISBN 1 872568 76 9

© 2001 David Lewis 

(This book also has many fine photographs of Liverpool churches)

Reproduced with the permission of:
Colin Wilkinson of
The Bluecoat Press 
Bluecoat Chambers 
School Lane
Liverpool
L1 3BX

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Extracts from Archdiocese of Liverpool Directories:

Baptism Registers started in 1804

Marriage Register started in 1837

Email:	stanthony@presbytery.swinternet.co.uk

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Early registers have been deposited at the Liverpool Record Office

Record Office ref.:	282 ANT	
	
Registers:		Bap.	1804 - 1913 *
			Mat.	1837 - 1906 *
			Def.	1859 - 1894 *
			Conf.	1833 - 1875 *

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Information online: Burials at St. Anthony's RC Church Liverpool, 1847

Marriages at St. Anthony's RC Church Liverpool, 1837 - 1865 * ORIGINAL REGISTERS NOT AVAILABLE IF MICROFILM COPY ARE HELD BY THE RECORD OFFICE. MANY REGISTERS WERE MICROFILMED IN THE 1940'S AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST LOSS DUE TO ENEMY BOMBING. THE QUALITY OF SOME OF THESE COPIES IS NOT GREAT.


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