Bootle – St Monica’s RC Church an architechtural gem.

I have posted about this building before – see link below:-


The reason I return to it now is because of a book by Hugh Hollinghurst called ‘Bootle Through Time’ which I came across recently. This is what Hugh says about the church:-

St Monica’s church in the modernist style of 1936, designed by the distinguished architect Valarde, is noted particularly for its fine windows. It is praised by Pevsner as an ‘epoch-making church for England’ in South Lancashire and is given the accolade of illustrating the front cover of Pollard’s updated edition of Pevsner Lancashire: Liverpool & the southwest.

The photo is amongst those on my Flickr site at:-

Frank Doran & St Monica’s RC Church Bootle

Despite not having a religion I have always found church architecture interesting and yesterday I got quiet a pleasant surprise when I attended the funeral of my old friend Frank Doran. I know that sounds odd but Frank would have laughed!


The ceremony was held in St Monica’s Church, Bootle which I had not seen before. Completed in 1936 it is art deco style and brick built. Interesting from the outside it is truly impressive on the inside. With massive vaulted brick arches running down each side you could be forgiven for thinking it is constructed like two railway viaducts with a roof between them. I was hugely impressed and it also felt a little tardis-like as on the inside it looks far bigger than the scale of it outside seems to be.

If you get the chance, have a look at it – especially the inside; it’s quite a treat.

The Parish web site is at

Goodness knows how many people crammed into this very large church, which could easily pass for a small cathedral, but the turn out did Frank proud – at least 500. It was also great to see players from Bootle Football Club forming a guard of honour.

I met some old PCS friends such as Jackie McWilliams who is stood next to Frank in the photo below.

I find it hard to believe that Frank has gone.

Frank with Jackie McWilliams taking part in a PCS Trade Union protest outside the Triad building in Bootle.

Frank with Jackie McWilliams taking part in a PCS Trade Union protest outside the Triad building in Bootle.