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 ***** Extracts from Archdiocese of Liverpool Directories: Baptism Registers started in 1804 Marriage Register started in 1837 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ***** 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 * ***** 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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