St. Peter's Church stood in Church Street from 1704 to 1919 on a site later to be occupied by the first Woolworth's store in the UK. It served as Liverpool's Pro-Cathedral before the great Anglican Cathedral was built on St. James' Mount. If you look up at the top of the former Woolworth's building, you will notice a memorial to the vanished church- the cross keys symbol of St. Peter. The gardens that surrounded the building can be seen again in this photograph of the Bluecoat School.
From Picture of Liverpool: A Stranger's Guide published in 1834: "This edifice, which stands on the south side of Church street was built by assessment, and consecrated in 1704. It cost three thousand five hundred pounds and is said to be the first parish church that was erected in Lancashire after the Reformation. There are four portals, and each in a different style of architecture- a proof how little good taste or architectural beauty was understood at that time in this town. The upper part of the tower is octangular and ornamented at the angles with pinnacles, each bearing a gilt vane.
A rather murky photograph of the demolition of St. Peter's in 1919. This was carried out by the building firm Mc Cormick & Lunt Ltd, founded in 1870.
St. Peter's seen in 1919, not long before it was demolished.
A handcoloured view of the church, also from its final year, 1919.
The gates leading to the churchyard from Church Lane in 1919.
The neighbourhood of St. Peter's after the May Blitz of 1941