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    Hi folks
    I can't seem to see a thread on this, and thought I would start one.

    Be good to post our fave churches, architecture wise, interesting facts, location etc..


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    Great idea MissI, we have an expert on the subject Jona76. Check out his website on Childwall Church.
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    Yeah he is a bit of an expert

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    All Saints Childwall:

    St. Michael's Church, Garston:

    ^^old grave^^

    The Reading Rooms, Garston: (not sure on the history)

    St. Francis of Assissi, Garston:

    Garston United Reformed Church

    Another Garston one:

    Chapel in Allerton Cemetery:

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    i have read alot about this church but never actually been to the site...

    Is the garden still there?
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    The Reading Rooms, Garston: (not sure on the history)

    This was an early cinema, so I've researched the history:


    2 Wellington Street, Garston, Liverpool 19

    Opened (January?) 1910 (or September 1909)

    The building was erected as a "Reading & Lecture Room" and was opened in 1861 "chiefly through the exertions of Hugh Gaskell Sutton", (who died in 1862), to quote from a plaque found at the premises.

    From 1867 it was used as a church for the English Congregationalists, and later (1890s) it was also used as a monthly petty Sessions Court. (I read somewhere that Florence Maybrick made her first appearance in Court here, but not being an authority on that subject, I could be wrong). Penny Savings Bank (established in 1880) was open on Saturday evenings.

    By 1900 to c1909 it was called Garston Reading Room, Garston Library.

    As the Garston Reading and Lecture Room, a "Music, Singing, Dancing & Other Public Entertainments" Licence was granted to Walter Lunt. This was the same type of licence given to music halls.

    The Music Licence was transferred from Walter Lunt to Roger Abel on 28 September 1909.

    On 11 January 1910 a cinematograph licence was granted to Roger Abel, and the building was called the Wellington Picture Palace. The address was given as 11 Wellington Street, which was either a mistake or Mr Abel's home. The transfer of the music licence the previous September to Mr Abel indicates that the premises were probably showing films then. Mr Abel was the secretary for the Trustees of the Reading Room.

    The cinema was also known as the Garston Picture Palace, and the Reading Room Picture Palace.

    In 1913 the seating capacity was 338. The gallery was still closed to the public.

    (The Garston Empire opened in June 1915, and showed films right from the start).

    On the 31 May 1918 the cinema licenses were granted to both this and the Heald Street cinema only until the Annual Meeting of the Licensing Bench on 31 October 1918. The Borough Surveyor then reported that the Wellington Street premises were unsuitable, so this cinema was closed by official order. (The Heald Street cinema was allowed to continue on condition that the projection room was altered).

    From November 1919 the Wellington Street building was licensed (as the Garston Citizen's Institute) for Music, Singing and Dancing, until the licence expired on 31 October 1921.

    From 1921 to 1925 it was the Reading Room Men's Club, after which it was St Michael's Church Club, to 1938. From 1939 it became the Garston Boy's Club, which it still was in the 1970s.

    It is now called the Garston Reading Room, and is a local community centre with a host of activities.
    Last edited by PhilipG; 12-30-2006 at 01:42 PM.

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