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    Back in 2001, I published The Churches of Liverpool. Written by David Lewis, it was a record of many of the city’s churches, past and present. I was not completely happy about the book; it was in the early days of digital photography and some of the images were bitmapped but, more inexcusably, the book [...]

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    Yes, a lovely looking church.
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    great pics on the site too Colin
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    Default Lost Churches (2)

    William and George Audsley have not been treated well in Liverpool. Amongst the most respected Victorian church architects, their two remaining Liverpool churches, Christ Church in Kensington and the Welsh Presbyterian Church in Princes Road, are in shocking condition. Possibly their finest work was St Margaret on the corner of Belmont Road and West Derby [...]

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    I remember the fire.A gang of us went from the top end of Bourne St.to have a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Wilkinson View Post
    William and George Audsley have not been treated well in Liverpool. Amongst the most respected Victorian church architects, their two remaining Liverpool churches, Christ Church in Kensington and the Welsh Presbyterian Church in Princes Road, are in shocking condition. Possibly their finest work was St Margaret on the corner of Belmont Road and West Derby [...]

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    Don't forget they also designed the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel in Chapel Rd, Garston. This still stands, externally largely unaltered though now in private ownership.

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    Default Lost Churches (3)

    The rapid expansion of Liverpool in the late 18th and early 19th century saw the wealthier merchants and professionals move westwards from the city centre, taking possession of the new housing being built around Rodney Street. Naturally, where there were people, there were churches and in a very small area (probably little more than a [...]

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    Nice one Colin. Love it.

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    "The rapid expansion of Liverpool in the late 18th and early 19th century saw the wealthier merchants and professionals move westwards from the city centre. . . ."

    Hello Colin

    Shouldn't that be eastward? If it was westward it would be to Birkenhead and the Wirral wouldn't it?

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    Great stuff once again Colin. Are those houses to the left of the Myrtle Street church still there in the form of bistros?

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    Hi Chris. A moment of madness. Of course it is eastwards - I've just changed it,

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    Excellent images once again Colin.

    Thanks for posting,

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    They are great photos, and I'm enjoying them.

    The Annals from Gore's Directory says the Myrtle Street Baptist Chapel opened on 10 January 1844.
    I've no information on the architect.

    The Catholic Apostolic Church/Church of the Holy Apostles commenced building in 1840 and wasn't completed until 1856.
    In 1843 it was said that the choir would open (as a temporary church) at the end of that year, and that the nave and tower were yet to be built.
    The congregation, at that time, met in Pilgrim Street.

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    Sorry - it was 1844 - I misread my notes.

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    Default Lost Churches (4)

    In my post of February 9th., I listed some of the fine churches that had disappeared. Many were demolished for housing or other developments but quite a number succumbed to vandalism and fire. Whether the destruction of St Katharine’s Church in Abercromby Square was vandalism or redevelopment is a matter of opinion. The whole integrity [...]

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    Thankfully St John's steeple is still standing thanks to my www.fairfieldspire.co.uk

    But some churches have been demolished for the worst reasons possible - one being Emmanuel Everton which claimed there was instability with the tower - but in fact they wanted that plot of land for a new Inner Ring Road which didn't happen.
    The tower was solid and it was only a local chap who actually bought the bells from the Council to have them installed in Christ Church, Bootle.

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    Great photos, again.

    It was St Catherine's.

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    Absolutey correct - change has been made.

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    This all very well in wanting to keep these churches standing but....who's going to fund their upkeep and also have security on the premises to stop them getting vandalised,if the church doesn't want them any more.

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    Venice has managed to keep all its churches and tourists flock there in the millions. Quentin Hughes once described Liverpool as the 'Venice of the North' back in the 1960s and people laughed at him. Had we kept a few more of our better buildings (particularly the huge belt of Georgian housing that shrank dramatically in the 1960s and 70s) - Liverpool would have been a much 'richer' city. There is a price to pay - but once you have removed our architural heritage, it cannot be replaced. We can always make excuses about cost - but in the long term these arguements don't stack up (look at the cost of high rise developments that replaced the old streets - they barely lasted 30years and we are still paying for the blight they caused).

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    Well, considering the concept of 'heritage' didn't carry with it the same significance as it does today...I think we're fortunate to have the buildings we have. We can only lament on yesterday's foolishness, especially since we have the evidence of what the city has lost. I think it makes the photopgraphic record that we do have all the more important. Thanks again for posting Colin.

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    I'm sorry but you have gone right off the radar when comparing Venice to Liverpool,Venice is and all ways will be a tourist haven in terms of its culture,romantism,Gondola's and its waterways.

    Now then lets see what Liverpool has...Boarded up shops,boarded up houses,a stinking river and the romantism is Cinderella on the Empire every year...eck! vandalism is taboo in Venice.

    In the words of German sailors coming ashore.....Our bombers didn't do a very good job Hans.

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    St Petersburg, was also modelled on Venice and views itself as the Venice of the North. I can recommend a visit, really beautiful.



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    Birmingham has more canals than Venice
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    I lived in Birmingham for a few years....that's were the comparison ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Wilkinson View Post
    In my post of February 9th., I listed some of the fine churches that had disappeared. Many were demolished for housing or other developments but quite a number succumbed to vandalism and fire. Whether the destruction of St Katharine’s Church in Abercromby Square was vandalism or redevelopment is a matter of opinion. The whole integrity [...]

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    St Catherine Abercromby Square suffered incendiary bomb damage in WW2, just like St Luke's. The photo just shows the shell of the building. Yes it could have been saved and the whole street facade incorporated into Senate House. It's ironic a few years ago the University were complaining how the new merseytravel bus stops were destroying the look of the square !!

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    Birmingham has more canals than Venice
    Have you ever tried pushing a barge with one of those oars,Ged?

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    Whats the code to embed the vid,Dazza?

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