Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, 1937

Stewart Bale collection online exhibition

Archive reference 12954-25

elevated view of a network of brick vaults and domes under construction, with some wooden scaffolding and metal supports

Here the construction of Sir Edwin Lutyens' crypt for the Metropolitan Cathedral is captured, showing its complex vaulting. Lutyens' design was for an ambitious and monumental cathedral of classical inspiration but was never completed in its entirety due to the intervention of World War II. A model of this design exists which is now in the care of National Museums Liverpool, and was the focus of a Walker Art Gallery exhibition in 2007.

Work continued on the crypt in 1956 and it was completed in 1958. Thereafter, the modified design for the cathedral was abandoned and a new and truly modern design by Frederick Gibberd was adopted and ultimately completed.

Note the right-angle of white marks to the left which are instructions to crop the image to the area below and to the right of them.