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    Have you ever visisted St. Luke, the bombed-out church at the top of Bold Street, Liverpool?
    It's usually open from Monday to Friday but during the Biennial it will be possible to visit it during the week-end as well!

    I'always liked this building and I did some research about it.
    Designed by John Foster, it was built in 1811 and consecrated in 1831. On the 5th of May in 1941 it was hit and burned by Germans during the Second World War blitz. Today it still stands as a burnt out shell and its churchyard is a public park, as you maybe know. Thanks to Urban Strawberry Lunch, Artists in Residence at St. Luke, it's now possible to visit this church.

    You just have to sign a piece of paper accepting liability for any injuries, loss, damage etc to yourself or your property - in other words be careful because its hazardous. Not very though. There's the old black and white photographs from before and after the bombing, the instruments made by junk belonging to USL (you can enjoy and have a go!) and now Yoko Ono latest visual work, Skyladders, as part of Liverpool Biennial: she means to build a forest of ladders to find space for dreams and the imagination under the open skies. The ladders donated by locals will then be sold for charity but at the moment there were only a few. Please give a donation if you go for a visit. It will help to keep maintainig this public space, one of the few green spots in Liverpool.


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    Hi Livergirl

    St Luke's is also home to The Great Hunger Monument, dedicated to the Irish Famine victims who came to Liverpool.
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    A little bit of trivia from St Luke's.

    St Luke's holds the very first all iron bell frame in the WORLD. Until this point, any bell frame was made of wood and this was a world first. The frame is still in situ at the top of the tower, leaning slightly and 'stuck' in the tower, suspendid by 'luke or luck' itself.

    I've still got a load of hardbacked books which are one of the last handprinted books made on the full story of the installation of the bells in the church if you need a copy. Can supply pictures on request.

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    I liked the broken glass, still to be found in this one window pane.. Interesting and worthwhile to view.

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    I love St. Luke's, a really beautiful and evocative building. It's great that it has this new lease of life and people are encouraged to visit it.

    Do you remember there was a proposal, quite a few years back, to create a new 'inner ring road' that would have meant the demolition of the church, and doublessly much else besides? Can't remember the details but I do recall that people went mad at the idea...
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    Quote Originally Posted by knowhowe View Post
    I love St. Luke's, a really beautiful and evocative building. It's great that it has this new lease of life and people are encouraged to visit it.

    Do you remember there was a proposal, quite a few years back, to create a new 'inner ring road' that would have meant the demolition of the church, and doublessly much else besides? Can't remember the details but I do recall that people went mad at the idea...
    Yep. The Shankland plan. The only section of the motorway to be built was the section along the The Strand/Dock Rd - it is dual-carriageway. It should be removed as it forms a large barrier between the city and the Albert Dock -the leftover of an ill-conceived plan. All this area should be pedestrianised.
    The new Amsterdam at Liverpool?
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    Deprived of its unique dockland waters Liverpool
    becomes a Venice without canals, just another city, no
    longer of special interest to anyone, least of all the
    tourist. Would we visit a modernised Venice of filled in
    canals to view its modern museum describing
    how it once was?


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