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Report - Greenbank (The Ark) Synagogue - December '14

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Hydro, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. Hydro

    Hydro 28DL Regular User
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    This was done as part of our trip over the Lancashire, explored with Raztafarian & 2 non-members.

    The Explore;

    At first we were sure we werent going to get into this building as every door, door window, nook and cranny seemed to be well secured. However after a quick stroll [REMOVED]. Once inside we made our way through what resembled a working mens club but we paid little attention to this until we were leaving, as we were dying to see the main hall. After a quick scope around we found the hall and all went our seperate ways to each take in the location as we wanted. this building has the tell tale signs of small scale looting by either pikeys or other undesirables but is for the most part a very tidy location and makes for a good explore! Unfortunately we only had limited time on this location as we needed to do another before returning to Yorkshire so a revsit is well needed!

    Bit of background;

    Greenbank synagogue was built in 1936 to a design by architect Alfred Ernest Shennan and consecrated on August 15,1937. It became a refuge for homeless families in the Blitz. This historic city synagogue which closed after 70 years has been saved for future generations.

    The building shut for good on January 8 after its congregation dwindled to fewer than 40, with only one service being held a week.

    But its survival is now assured after its listed building status was upgraded to Grade II*, putting it on a par with Croxteth Hall and the Cunard and Port of Liverpool buildings.

    English Heritage agreed the change after a plan emerged to convert the concrete, steel and brick building into apartments.

    The organisation’s report described the synagogue as “one of the finest art deco synagogues in the country”.

    It added: “It has an important socio-historic significance as an inter-war synagogue of 1936-7 that represents one of the last free cultural expressions of European Jewry before the Holocaust.”

    The upgrading from grade II to II* status puts the former synagogue in the top 5% of all listed buildings in the country.


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    Be careful posting access info please :thumb
     
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    Looks like someone's had Hoover out in there, nice report btw
     
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    Excellent report fella! Looking forward to seeing more from you, keep it up! :thumb
     
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    Does look rather tidy
    nice report fella
     
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