This page contains transcriptions from the headstones in the churchyard of St. Peterís Church in Woolton, Liverpool. It is by no means complete and I will be adding to it as and when I can find the time. If you have any queries or want more information do please e-mail me Ė I have the 1881 census and the index for the 1851 Census so I can provide further information on certain families if requiredĖ Margaret Thompson† ([email protected]) Latest update 11th May 2003
Prior to the beginning of the 19th Century the population of Woolton used the nearby All Saints Church in Childwall. However as the population expanded in the early 1800ís the need for a larger and more local church arose. On July 22nd 1825 the future 13th Earl of Derby laid the foundation stone of St Peterís Church, which was opened in 1826.The Parish was formed in 1828 when the Rev. Robert Leicester became the first incumbent, first as Vicar then in 1868 as Rector.
Although additions were made to the original building it became inadequate for the needs of the parishioners of Woolton and a new church was built on the site and opened in 1887. The new neo-Gothic style church replaced the previous Grecian style building. It has a tower at the south-east containing a ring of eight bells.
Among the graves found in the old part of the graveyard is that of the first Vicar and Rector of St Peterís, Rev. Robert Leicester. Also to be found is the grave of Eleanor Rigby who inspired the Beatles song of the same name