Hidden History

Church Street Cross

Detail of Church Street Cross, Church Street, Liverpool

There is a brass Maltese cross embedded in the pedestrianised pavement of Church Street. It once lay in front of HMV before the building was converted into a passage through to School Lane and Liverpool ONE. The cross is related to St Peter’s Church, which once stood very close by and which gave Church Street its name.

It’s often said that the cross is in a position once covered by the altar of St Peter’s, but in reality the cross was first embedded in a kerbstone. This would have been soon after the church was demolished in 1922, before the street was pedestrianised. The cross has probably been moved around more than once as the street has been repaved. The cross is certainly within the boundaries of the old churchyard, however, and quite close to one of the old entrances to the church. It is also said that the brass came from the altar rail in St Peter’s.

Postcard of St Peter's Church. Liverpool

The road has been significantly widened since the church was demolished, which is why it stands in the road today. St. Peter’s became the cathedral for Liverpool when the city became a parish in 1699. It was demolished once the present Anglican cathedral was ready to hold services.

Further Reading

The Brass Maltese Cross, Church Street, Liverpool http://www.yoliverpool.com/forum/showthread.php?3125-St-Peter-s-Church-Church-Street/page2, accessed 28th September 2019

Image: Church Street cross embedded in the pavement on Church Street, taken by the author.

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