Tour Locations | Liverpool History and Culture: From the Past to the Present
Chapel Street to St. Nicholas Church
Turn left to cross Rumford and walk down Chapel Street towards the river. You'll soon see the church of Our Lady and St Nicholas.
St Nicholas' is known as Liverpool Parish Church. Liverpudlians have been worshipping on site since the 13th century, when it began life as a relatively small chapel. From those earliest days the church has been associated with the sea and seafaring. The building has undergone several changes over the centuries. Sadly one of those changes occurred following a tragic event. On Sunday 11 February 1810, during a morning service, the spire crashed into the nave below, killing 25 people – mostly children. The most recent rebuild followed Second World War bomb damage.
The church is considered a place of sanctuary in the city; a place to commemorate significant events. You should now turn left into Old Churchyard, nearing the church doors. It is open every day from 9 am until 5pm: visitors are welcome to look around and to view exhibitions and displays.