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Report - Greenbank Synagogue, Liverpool - May 2014.

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by jST, May 29, 2014.

  1. jST

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    Usual tourist stuff, saw that it is being stripped / prepped for refurbishment so Geo and I blasted across the hills following a flyer from work to take a look. We trundled in via PENNY LAAAANE IS IN YOUR EARS AND IN YOUR FACE, which provided much amusement. All the nice brass bits have been removed, as have the torah scrolls. Shamefully there were two bin bags full of the scroll's cases and varying robes etc.

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    Built in 1937 The art-deco building is the work of the notable Liverpool architect Sir Ernest Alfred Shennan. Most of his other work is also in Merseyside and comprises a diversity of building types. His inter-war designs included Westminster Banks; five cinemas including the listed Forum Cinema on Lime Street, Liverpool; restaurant interiors (The French Café and Arabic Café, both 1933, Liverpool); dance halls (The Grafton Rooms, Liverpool, 1934); hotels and office blocks. Greenbank Drive is Shennan’s only synagogue and is very different to the rest of his oeuvre up to that time which, apart from the banks, was distinctive art deco.

    The Synagogue was listed in 1983, but that listing was upgraded to a Grade II* after closure in 2008 thanks to pressure by the Twentieth Century Society. It was once the largest expanse of roof unsupported by pillars anywhere in the country. The synagogue has received a substantial redevelopment grant and is on all those Heritage At Risk lists.

    According to the C20 Society, The Synagogue is architecturally by far the most important and innovatory 20th century synagogue in England and is the finest surviving synagogue in Europe dating from the inter-war period. It also has important socio-historic significance as representing a last late optimistic cultural expression of European Jewry before the holocaust.

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  2. tweek

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    Torah scrolls removed because it was put in public on here and some dude read it and was Jewish so told the powers that be to get them removed.

    Derp. Nice photoids.
     
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    Great pics / report mate:thumb

    Must be nice to visit now without tripping over / waiting for people to get out of shot and having to move the Piano back into the light lol

    Torah scrolls removed because it was put in public on here and some dude read it and was Jewish so told the powers that be to get them removed.

    But it was actually Public on other Urbex Forums, (with the Tourist Bus parked outside etc) well before appearing on here mate. I know he came on here commenting on it etc (as lots seem too before disappearing again)

    Not to bring the whole Public/NP debate open again :)
     
  4. Mr Beady

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    Nice flicks love
     
  5. Clarence Trumble-Lovegod

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    Nice pictures there. Thanks for an interesting report.
     
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    good bimble, would read again, 10/10 wow.
     
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    sick.....or whatever the young uns say.
     
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    nice shots fella
     
  10. georgie

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    stunning photos mate
     
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    Nice to se you get in done in the end mate, another cracking report.
     
  13. Will Knot

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    Mint report and pics there mate. :thumb
     
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