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    Default St John's, Tuebrook.

    I don't know about the vicarage, but the Brockman Memorial Hall between it and the church was built in 1931, the year before the nearby Carlton cinema opened.
    Both the cinema and the hall were designed by A E Shennan.
    A few years ago the hall seemed to be unused, but it's an interesting design - slightly art-deco.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    I don't know about the vicarage, but the Brockman Memorial Hall between it and the church was built in 1931, the year before the nearby Carlton cinema opened.
    Both the cinema and the hall were designed by A E Shennan.
    A few years ago the hall seemed to be unused, but it's an interesting design - slightly art-deco.
    When the bells were being refurbished in the tower at St John's, there was also extensive work on in the Memorial Hall. It still looks the same from the outside so it doesn't look like it's worth breaking in to, but the inside has been transformed and even sports a lift nowt for disabled access.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taffy View Post
    I suspect the Diocese needs the money, any offers of donations gratefully received. It may be building a smaller vicarage for the vicar. The selling off of large vicarages is quite a common event both in Liverpool and across the country. Ones that come to mind in Liverpool include All Saints, Childwall, St Mary Halewood, St Barnabas Mossley HIll, SS Matthew and James Mossley Hill, Holy Trinity Wavertree, St Michael in the Hamlet and All Hallows Allerton to name a few. In other parts of the country a number of people have bought old rectories and then found they were responsible for maintaining the church's chancel !!

    The one at Childwall was massive, my mates used to live there as the vicar's son and they had a massive footy pitch as their back garden. Why it was sold I don't know, seeing as they had to then shell out to build a new vicarage about 30 second away!

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    Default The Grade 1 listed Churches Triangle...1/3

    Had the pleasure today of visiting the 3 churches in the "Grade 1 listed Churches Triangle" - St Agnes & St Pancras, St Clare and the Uniterian Chapels all off Ullett Road.

    St Agnes & St Pancras church (High Anglican) was consecrated in 1885 and was built at the expense of Howard Douglas Horsfall . The building was designed by John Loughborough Pearson, who also designed Truro Cathedral. It was described by Pevsner as the most beautiful Victorian Church in Liverpool - although you wouldn't think so from the outside! From the outside it looks like a big redbrick building but on entering the church the interior is made from Caen stone. The reredos is by Nathaniel Hitch and the church features stained glass by Kempe and H W Bryans (especially the guitar playing angel!)

    Its presbytery (1887) is by R Norman Shaw - who also designe Albion House in James Street (or White Star Line fame).

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    Default The Grade 1 listed Churches Triangle.... 2/3

    The church of St Clare (Roman Catholic) built 1888-90 was built at the expense of the brothers Francis and James Reynolds. It was designed by Leonard Stokes (later to become one of the most original British architect of the early 20th century).

    The exterior, like St Agnes, is built of brick and again it hides the wonders within. It is totally different from St Agnes in its white interior which gives it a light and airy feeling. The church is taller tha St Anges with exposed beams reminiscent of an upturned boat. Its reredos is a large triptych by Robert Bell and George Frampton.
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    Default The Grade 1 listed Churches Triangle.... 3/3

    The final church in the triangle is the Unitarian Chapel.

    We started our tour in the Church hall then moved through the cloister into the Library, Vestry and then into the church itself.

    The church was built 1896-1899 whilst the Hall and the Cloister were added in 1901. The builders were Thomas & Percy Worthington of Manchester and amongst its benefactories were famous sons of Liverpool; Holt, Booth, Brunner and Tate to name a few. The congregation moved to Ullet Road from Renshaw Street in the city centre.

    The buildings are of red brick built around gardens. The church interior is sandstone, and provides a contrast to the other 2 churches in the triangle. The reredos is of the Last Supper by H.H. Martyn based on the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting.

    The vestry and library have some wonderful wall and ceiling paintings by Gerald Moira commissioned by Sir John Brunner (of Brunner-Mond which later became ICI Chemicals). The paintings are extremely deorative and include the Triumph of Truth accompanied by artists, scientists, religious leaders and other seekers after truth, ancient and modern, including Moses, St Francis, Shakespeare, Aristotle, Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates, Plato and Isaac Newton to name a few!

    The hall and cloisters were given by Sir John Brunner and Henry Tate. Inside, it has an impressive timber roof and reminded me of a medieval Great Hall especially with its prominent coats of arms of Brunner and Tate and the metal work was arts and crafts style. In the Cloister are two bays with monuments take from the earlier chapel in Renshaw Street.

    It was amazing to find three Grade 1 listed church buildings within a stones throw of each other. I really enjoyed taking tours of each of them in turn, and seeing how each is so so different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taffy View Post
    It may surprise many to hear that these beautiful churches are of course in Toxteth. St Agnes was built as a memorial to Robert Horsfall who himself funded the building in 1869 of St Margaret's Church , Prince's Rd Toxteth. This is another gem of a church that's worth visiting. This branch of the Horsfall family came under the influence of the ritualistic tractarian wing of the Church of England whilst recovering from an illness at Torquay in the early 1860s. H Douglas Horsfall later went onto found St Chad's College at Durham University.
    Taffy we're hoping to visit St Margaret's soon - 3 was all we could fit into the hours available to us today!

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    ScouseLad.

    Thank you for the beautiful photos and the detailed information.
    Also, thanks for reminding us that Toxteth is much more than the infamous Riots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScouseLad View Post
    The final church in the triangle is the Unitarian Chapel.

    We started our tour in the Church hall then moved through the cloister into the Library, Vestry and then into the church itself.

    The church was built 1896-1899 whilst the Hall and the Cloister were added in 1901. The builders were Thomas & Percy Worthington of Manchester and amongst its benefactories were famous sons of Liverpool; Holt, Booth, Brunner and Tate to name a few. The congregation moved to Ullet Road from Renshaw Street in the city centre.

    The buildings are of red brick built around gardens. The church interior is sandstone, and provides a contrast to the other 2 churches in the triangle. The reredos is of the Last Supper by H.H. Martyn based on the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting.

    The vestry and library have some wonderful wall and ceiling paintings by Gerald Moira commissioned by Sir John Brunner (of Brunner-Mond which later became ICI Chemicals). The paintings are extremely deorative and include the Triumph of Truth accompanied by artists, scientists, religious leaders and other seekers after truth, ancient and modern, including Moses, St Francis, Shakespeare, Aristotle, Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates, Plato and Isaac Newton to name a few!

    The hall and cloisters were given by Sir John Brunner and Henry Tate. Inside, it has an impressive timber roof and reminded me of a medieval Great Hall especially with its prominent coats of arms of Brunner and Tate and the metal work was arts and crafts style. In the Cloister are two bays with monuments take from the earlier chapel in Renshaw Street.

    It was amazing to find three Grade 1 listed church buildings within a stones throw of each other. I really enjoyed taking tours of each of them in turn, and seeing how each is so so different.

    Hope you enjoyed the pics!
    Those two churches on Ullet Road are works of art.
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    This church has been closed for many years. I believe it's now used as some sort of youth club
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    Lindylou has put a pic up of Richmond Baptist, Breck Rd, here is another
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    Christ Church, Linnet Lane, March 2005. Since this pic was taken the church seems to have lost its' red name-board...and thus the reference to Toxteth Park.
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    St Georges Church Everton

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    Started the long slog of taking a picture up close of every church tower in Liverpool - want to get the tops and gargoyles and any special feature.

    Only a few pics but added a new page to my website:

    http://www.liverpoolbells.moonfruit.com/clocksandtops

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    Looks good Jona

    heres a photo of the clock St Georges Everton



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    St Mary's Edge Hill - taken today

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    Looking down Hope Street to the Anglican Cathedral while standing on the steps of the RC Cathedral.

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    St. James's Church ~ Sorry it's not very clear. I took it from the 82 Bus.

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    It looks quite dreamlike.

    Do you have an 'Action' or 'Sports' setting?
    They work well from a bus (or train).

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    It looks quite dreamlike.

    Do you have an 'Action' or 'Sports' setting?
    They work well from a bus (or train).
    It's only a throw-away Kodak that I got from the Chemist at the top of Beresford Road, next to Sayers. I am saving up to get myself a good camera but I need a computer first. I can't keep using my cousin's PC. Will you send God 'Round to Ours with his *Money Cart?* he he he

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    St Lukes, Berry Street: I heard the sound of bells when I went past this church today, which I thought was unusual. There are old photographs around the railings and an 'open' sign outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marky View Post
    St Lukes, Berry Street: I heard the sound of bells when I went past this church today, which I thought was unusual. There are old photographs around the railings and an 'open' sign outside.
    The church is open for all to wonder around in until September I think (could be wrong) but I think this is the one chance you'll get to have a good nose inside the building.
    I may head up there tomorrow with the camera. The bells are probably from a recording and are not the original sound of the bells - these were recorded once before WW2 by the BBC and they lost the recording

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    From the Liverpool Heritage Forum Newsletter for May.

    An interesting collection of photos of Liverpool during the World War II blitz is attached to the fence around St Luke’s Church. Liverpool suffered more bomb damage than any city in England apart from London but this was hushed up by the government of the time because Liverpool was the only port open throughout the war and the government did not wish it to appear to be greatly damaged. One of the panels of this exhibition says that the people of Liverpool suffered greatly (true) but that they did not know what they were suffering for! Relatives of those who strove (and died) to maintain public services in extremely difficult circumstances at the time would say that their ancestors had the clearest possible idea of what the war was about - stopping Nazi brutality taking over our country! Political correctness should respect some limits!
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    This is the site from which the above newsletter comes.


    http://www.liverpoolheritageforum.org.uk/
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    Updated weekly with old and new pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    This is the site from which the above newsletter comes.


    http://www.liverpoolheritageforum.org.uk/

    And this is how one of the well-written, well-researched pieces start:

    Royal Court Theatre
    Rob Ainsworth 2 March 2007

    Built in the 12th Century in 1826



    I'm still trying to figure out what that means!
    If a date is given, there's no point in saying what century it was.
    It can't be a typo, because '2' is nowhere near '9'.
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    Ha ha. I didn't know Rob Ainsworth built the Royal Court or that it was that old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Ha ha. I didn't know Rob Ainsworth built the Royal Court or that it was that old.
    Do these posts appear as you're typing them?
    Ged managed to have his answer up at the same time as I submitted the piece.

    The previous Royal Court was built in 1826, so he got that right!

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    I have a feeling these blocks are from St Thomas, Park Lane. They are within a compound near to Joseph Williamsons vault.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marky View Post
    I have a feeling these blocks are from St Thomas, Park Lane. They are within a compound near to Joseph Williamsons vault.
    Spot on - all the graves are still there and all the gravestones are still there too, but they were part of the church that were taken up when they put the road through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    And this is how one of the well-written, well-researched pieces start:

    Royal Court Theatre
    Rob Ainsworth 2 March 2007

    Built in the 12th Century in 1826



    I'm still trying to figure out what that means!
    If a date is given, there's no point in saying what century it was.
    It can't be a typo, because '2' is nowhere near '9'.

    I think you mean 18th century not 19th. The 19th century started in 1850 not 1800. Never mind education is free to those you require it.

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