Earl of Derby’s Tomb, Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool

Built between 1904 and 1978, the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Upper Duke Street, Liverpool is adorned with numerous carvings, statues and iconography. To do this building justice it would need a blog all of its own and maybe something I’ll do in the future.

However, for now, I’d like to show you some interesting items on the Earl of Derby’s tomb.

Cathedral Tomb


At the head of the tomb is a model of the cathedral. The Earl was a major benefactor to the cathedral and numerous other building throughout the city.

Cathedral Tomb Head


At his feet are an eagle and child. The Earl of Derby’s family surname is Stanley and the eagle and child is part of the families crest.

Cathedral Tomb Foot

Stanley Crest


Finally, Scouse Mouse. Tucked behind a tassel on the left hand side of the tomb is a small bronze mouse. There are various stories as to why the mouse is there. The one I remember most is the one my Gran told me and that was “that all creatures were welcome in God’s house.”

Cathedral Mouse 1

Cathedral Mouse 2



Please feel free to comment, make suggestions and leave any questions you may have.

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1 Comment

  1. Oh, I love the Scouse Mouse and I, wholeheartedly, believe your Gran’s version of why it’s there!
    Alan, you are responsible for a long, and growing, list of places and objects that I need to visit in Liverpool … should keep me going until I’m, at least, one hundred years old! 😀

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