St. Peter's Church, Liverpool

St. Peter's Church, Liverpool

St. Peter’s Church in Woolton, to the east of Liverpool city centre, is one of Liverpool’s largest parish churches. A neo-Gothic building first opened in 1887, it is most famous for its connections with the Beatles. A village chapel in the 19th century, the church built a new home for itself following Woolton’s expansion into a large suburb of Liverpool. It has a 90ft high bell tower which is the highest point in the entire city.

The church is famous as the first meeting place of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Lennon was performing at the church hall on a July evening in 1957, in his skiffle group The Quarrymen. He was introduced to McCartney during an interval, and soon afterwards asked him to join the band – who eventually became the four-piece Beatles. Lennon and McCartney went on to write numerous No.1 hits, and are almost indisputably seen as the greatest songwriting partnership in the history of rock music.

Lennon also sang occasionally in the church choir. His aunt was a regular attendee here, and his uncle, George Smith, is buried in the churchyard. The cemetery also houses the grave of one Eleanor Rigby, a scullery maid who died in 1939, and who is believed to be the inspiration for the song of the same name.

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Sight Name: St. Peter's Church
Sight Location: Liverpool, England
Sight Type: Religious Site
Guide(s) containing this sight: The Beatles Trail Tour in Liverpool, Part II  

Walking Tours in Liverpool, England

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Famous Buildings of Liverpool, Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
The Beatles Trail Tour in Liverpool, Part II

The Beatles Trail Tour in Liverpool, Part II

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 km
Museums and Galleries Walk I

Museums and Galleries Walk I

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Historic Sites Self-Guided Tour, Liverpool

Historic Sites Self-Guided Tour, Liverpool

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
The Beatles Trail Tour in Liverpool, Part I

The Beatles Trail Tour in Liverpool, Part I

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km

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