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    Default St. Andrews Church - Rodney Street

    Along with the Stanley Warehouse, this has to be the city's most pressing restoration priority.


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    It's one almighty (no pun) edifice and no mistake.

    Hard to imagine a similar treasure being lain waste in any other (foreign) city's centre.

    Have there ever been any even tentative official talks to save it? Be great to see the interior restored too rather than the usual facade job.

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    At one stage there was talk of it becoming a library for the University.
    That was well before the new building was built behind.
    I've got B & W photos I took when it had both its towers.

    BTW, it isn't No 1 Rodney Street.
    It's between 5 & 7.
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    Thanks to Nancy, the coolest Yank who has ever visited Liverpool for these pics taken in the 80s. Check out her pics here








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    oh wow! fantastic photos!
    It would have been amazing to be able to wander around the church and graveyard (did that sound morbid????)

    has anyone ever tried to open the pyramid tomb of McKenzie?
    My dad told me a while back that a few workmen have tried...but none succeeded.

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    I slept in that graveyard once! It was lovely curling up in the long grass, but rubbish when I woke at around 4am freezing cold, only just managing to get back over the fence to stumble home...

    The church we used to climb up the scaffolding after nights out, just to take in a bit of fresh air before going home. It was a good vantage point for watching people falling about in the streets.

    Since they found that body in there I haven't been back, although it would be good to take some photos up the tower. It is in a poor state, and yes, something should be done about it asap - who owns the place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snappel View Post
    I slept in that graveyard once! It was lovely curling up in the long grass, but rubbish when I woke at around 4am freezing cold, only just managing to get back over the fence to stumble home...

    The church we used to climb up the scaffolding after nights out, just to take in a bit of fresh air before going home. It was a good vantage point for watching people falling about in the streets.

    Since they found that body in there I haven't been back, although it would be good to take some photos up the tower. It is in a poor state, and yes, something should be done about it asap - who owns the place?
    what body was that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissInformed View Post
    what body was that?
    Was that the smackhead who fell a few months back and some passerby noticed an arm dangling over the scaffold the following day?

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    oohh i never heard about that. quite scary!

    any info on the pyramid tomb anyone?

    I heard that a property developer owns the church...

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    indeed spooky...

    i have read that before....

    does anyone know of any attempts to open the tomb? or excavate the graveyard?

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    Sounds like rubbish to me...

    You will notice two clear orbs near the area of the pyramid but also notice how the pyramid and background seem to be out of focus as if there is a haze in the air and yet you can see the grave stones and monument in the foreground are clear and sharply in focus.
    If he used a flash, then that explains the 'orbs' - just the flash hitting moisture in the air. And of course the background will blur if it's low light, besides which his camera is probably rubbish at focusing in the dark. OR the aperture was wide for extra light and so he lost the depth of field.

    Personally I don't buy into any of that. I'm not saying ghostly happenings don't occur, and I'm not stupid enough to say that just because I haven't seen a ghost or experienced something like that it's impossible, but 'orbs' and blurry pictures..?!

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    I don't believe in anything like that.

    I just laugh at any such stuff. Things that go bump in the night

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    oohhhh all interesting.

    i might try and go to the library on saturday and see if i can find any attempts to try and open the tomb or anything like that. Because I am sure I have heard of some..

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    Beautiful:
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    fantastic pic.
    why this church and it's grounds aren't high prority I have no idea
    I was thinking today....if they turned the church into apartments of flats, they would surely get rid of the graveyard because I am sure 'suits' and developers would think it was an eyesore....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissInformed View Post
    fantastic pic.
    why this church and it's grounds aren't high prority I have no idea
    I was thinking today....if they turned the church into apartments of flats, they would surely get rid of the graveyard because I am sure 'suits' and developers would think it was an eyesore....
    A posh restraunt perhaps? I would win awards I'm sure. Just a restoration would do though, they must leave the graves alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    There's a pyramid tomb very like the one in Liverpool shown in Tom Slemen's article here in Baltimore in Westminster Cemetery, which also happens to be where Edgar Allan Poe is buried. See the following URL for more information: http://marylandghosts.com/post/41742/ Any visitors to Baltimore I will be glad to give them a tour.

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    tom slemen is actually my cousin.
    He is a cool guy.
    That pyramid tomb fascinates me...
    How old is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissInformed View Post
    tom slemen is actually my cousin.
    He is a cool guy.
    That pyramid tomb fascinates me...
    How old is it?
    1868.
    The monument is to William Mackenzie, the railway contractor responsible for the Edge Hill - Lime Street tunnel.
    Source: "Liverpool" by Joseph Sharples.
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    thanks philip!

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    Default Rodney Street Area

    Rodney Street is noted for the number of doctors and its Georgian architecture. It forms the Rodney Street conservation area. There are over 60 Grade II listed buildings on the street and one II* church.

    On a windswept Sunday morning (today 28th Jan 2007) I had a wander around taking photographs of the ornate doors. I managed to photograph every front door along the Rodney Street area plus a couple of beautiful Liver Birds.

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    When I worked on Hardman St, 1954-57 One of the shops in your pics I think the one on the right was prosecuted for running a brothel, it was a big scandal at the time.
    You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.
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    Top Pictures Sir! You didn't come across the Rodney Street 'ghost' - the Policeman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jona76 View Post
    Top Pictures Sir! You didn't come across the Rodney Street 'ghost' - the Policeman?
    No but a bizzie car drove past very slow indeed, checkin' me out. Cheers for the comments
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    I hate It when people check me out with my camera! It makes me worried and nervous.

    Nice Door pics though, the Cathedral pic Is too dark.

    Wheres the plaque about a Liverpool Prime Minister who was supposed to be born In Rodney Street?
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    Kev, all those doors grouped together in your collection would make a fantastic postcard. Very colourful when they all on the same image.

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    That'll be Gladstone Max. According to Tom Slemen, there's also that McKenzie ghost.

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    The fella born on Rodney street who became prime minister was prime minister 5 times! And some debate he was our best PM ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    Rodney Street is noted for the number of doctors and its Georgian architecture. It forms the Rodney Street conservation area. There are over 60 Grade II listed buildings on the street and one II* church.

    On a windswept Sunday morning (today 28th Jan 2007) I had a wander around taking photographs of the ornate doors. I managed to photograph every front door along the Rodney Street area plus a couple of beautiful Liver Birds.
    Absolutely fab photos Kev...that street is one of my faves.
    I wonder what one of those houses would cost?
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