New Gargoyle Competition

Entries to the gargoyle competition were varied and of a very high quality. The judging panel of 10 people included representatives of the contractors, the architect, the congregation, the local community, the diocese and the clergy.

A newly carved gargoyle has been erected on the south side aisle of Christ Church Toxteth Park, an historic Liverpool Church, as part of a restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. People of all ages from across the city were invited to submit designs in an open competition. The winner in the adult age group, and overall, is local resident Verity Bradley. Verity recently completed an MA in Public History and Heritage at Manchester Metropolitan University. In submitting her design Verity wrote, “I enjoy the dimensional aspect of sculpture and wanted it to reflect person and nature within one piece”. Pippa da Cruz, aged 8, won in the children’s age group. Pippa has profound disabilities; she attends Christ Church and lives nearby.

Gargoyle winners

Entries to the gargoyle competition were varied and of a very high quality. The judging panel of 10 people included representatives of the contractors, the architect, the congregation, the local community, the diocese and the clergy.

To see all of the designs and more about the project click here to view our interactive epub.

The judges commented “This design was considered practical and had a strong link with the city, and with the growing support for Celtic worship. They liked the ambiguous gender fluidity of this piece; very pertinent for the church in the 21st century and beyond. Christ Church is an inclusive church. The figure is contemporary and offers an opportunity for people to view aspects of the image from different angles – the liver birds emerging from hair either side of the face, the face itself neither male nor female, and the Celtic headband.

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The church council approved and commissioned the design, carving the design was completed in December and it will be installed on the south facing aisle of the church 10 – 12 midday on 22nd January 2019. The stonemason has carried on the theme of birds with wings folding under the chin of the gargoyle giving further charm to this piece.

Reverend Keith Hitchman, vicar at Christ Church Toxteth Park said, “This current phase of ongoing restoration work marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Christ Church. Local people have been very supportive of this project. The new gargoyle and the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has already brought a new focus on the heritage of the local area.”

“We shall work together with local residents and neighbourhood organisations to make this beautiful building a fully accessible community resource, as well as a space for quiet contemplation and public worship.”

Gargoyle installation