Who are the Friends of Liverpool Cathedral?

Founded in 1925, The Friends are admirers of the building, its history and its community. The Friends are part of the Cathedral and work together to preserve it forever, contributing financially and directly to many individual and vital projects.

Recent projects

Since the year 2000, The Friends have donated to the Cathedral three-quarters of a million pounds.  They continue to pay for the Cathedral flowers as well as sponsoring the Passion Plays.  They have purchased two Icons for the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and paid for the conversion of the Cope Chest into a display cabinet.  They helped to sponsor the Deans’ Annual Conference held here in Liverpool as well as donating £224,000 to the 2024 Appeal.


The association was founded in May 1925 by Sir Frederick Radcliffe and was known as ‘The Builders’. Its purpose was to make it possible for ordinary people to contribute to the building of Liverpool Cathedral, the first part of which had been consecrated in 1924. As the building progressed the association’s role changed and in 1960 the name changed to ‘Friends and Builders’. On completion of the building the name was changed yet again and in 1979 became known as ‘The Friends of Liverpool Cathedral’.

The Friends aims and objectives

  • To assist the Chapter to fulfil its duty of worship and contribute to the repair, maintenance, improvement of, and additions to the fabric, furnishings and vestments.
  • To promote and support any charitable activities calculated to preserve and beautify the Cathedral, its history and its music.

Become a Friend

When you become a Friend, as well as benefitting the Cathedral, you’ll receive two newsletters each year, participate in two excursions annually and enjoy at least two social events.

You’ll receive an invitation to the Friends’ Festival Evensong Service in July followed by the Annual General Meeting. You can stand for election to the Committee. 

Membership of the Friends also entitles you to a 10% discount in the Cathedral Shop (excluding books).

How to Join

You can download the application form and return to the address shown below or request a form from the Membership Secretary. 

The current annual membership fee is £15.00 per individual and £25.00 for couples.

Contact details

A: The Membership Secretary, The Friends of Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, St James Mount, Liverpool, L1 7AZ

T: 0151 702 7214       

E friends@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

Registered Charity Number: 1122672


Donations and Bequests to The Friends of Liverpool Cathedral:

Over the years many people have made gifts to the Friends or remembered the Friends in their will and this has been gratefully appreciated.

If you would like to leave a bequest to The Friends of Liverpool Cathedral, you should seek professional advice. The following form of bequest is suggested:

"I bequeath to the Charity known as “Friends of Liverpool Cathedral” a sum of £…......... (enter amount in numbers) ….... (then enter amount in words) pounds (free of Inheritance Tax) and I declare that the receipt of the Secretary for the time being of the said Charity shall be good and sufficient discharge for the same - (Charity No 1122672)".

For more information please contact:

The Hon. Membership Secretary
The Friends of Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral
St James’ Mount
Liverpool L1 7AZ
Tel: 0151 709 6271
Email: friends@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk