In June 2006 Whiston Hospital was under major re-development and planning permission was granted to demolish the historic hospital chapel.
Attempts were made by the local community to have the chapel declared a Listed Building, however the listing
authority (Department of Media, Culture and Sport)
did not agree that there was sufficient justification to warrant the building being preserved via this process.
During a public meeting I suggested the idea of removing material from the chapel
and storing the materials for a possible rebuild in the future.
This plan was approved by the main contractors at Whiston Hospital. Knowsley Cemetery on Fox’s Bank Lane was chosen as a storage site with the full approval of Knowsley Council.
During the removal and storage process a further suggestion was made to seek approval for the chapel to be rebuilt at Knowsley Cemetery and provide a multi-faith community building.
This would accommodate a book of remembrance for the cemetery, together
with historic documents relating to the history of the hospital chapel.
This suggestion was welcomed by Knowsley Council and a design was approved for the chapel incorporating many of the original materials and design elements.
Work started on
the chapel in 2014.
Parks and Cemeteries Manager