Our history

The parish of St Bede with St Clement was formally constituted in July 2012, after several years of increasingly close cooperation between the two congregations.

The new combined parish is close to the city centre, within inner-city Liverpool, with good bus links and only a brisk 15 minute walk to the historic river frontage at the Pier Head, or the mighty Anglican Cathedral. The parish also lies on the border of one of Liverpool’s best Victorian parks, combining open space, woodland and lakes, which hosts various large events through the year, including in 2013 the first Liverpool International Music Festival, the annual Food and Drink Festival and the November firework display. Africa Oye is an annual parade and concert celebrating the African and Caribbean heritage of Liverpool, and is held either in Sefton Park or in the neighbouring Princes Park. Accommodation in the area comprises a mix of Victorian terraced housing and new-build homes, many owned and well maintained by a thriving housing cooperative and one or two large housing associations, with some owner-occupation. The current population is approximately 8,500. Unemployment is significant, and most of the area fell in the top 5% of the 2010 Index of Multiple Deprivation. Nevertheless, it remains a vibrant and active community, with a long tradition of ethnic and cultural diversity. This includes a long-established population of mainly Caribbean origin, with newer arrivals particularly from Yemen and Somalia now forming a major presence in the area. The parish is bisected by a busy local shopping street, Lodge Lane, with a large number of Arab and Somali businesses, including a very successful greengrocer and supermarket, which reflects the diverse ethnic mix of the area.

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Click here to download our leaflet A Short History of St Clement’s Church.
The information in this leaflet is taken from: 'St Clement, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, a History of the Church, Parish and Schools 1841-1991' (2009 Revised Edition) by Dr David J Pope and photographs by Rev. J Warhurst (Vicar 2006-2013). To request a copy of this, contact our church wardens.

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