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Greenbank Synagogue - Liverpool - May 2022


Liverpool Urbex

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This is another classic that's been on my list for a good few years now, after a tip-off from a friend that it's open we promptly planned a visit.

Upon arrival, we noticed a guy living in a shipping container, charging people a fiver to get in. We have him 65p he called us "cheeky cunts" and on we went.
He was sound enough and has apparently lived there for a few years but I don't know if that's true. He showed us the recently installed CCTV which he'd ripped off the wall.
While we were there I noticed him missing with an old fuse board flipping breakers on and some lights are working in there now.

We spent a good hour or two in there, it's still in reasonable condition but decaying.

Here's some history from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenbank_Drive_Synagogue

Greenbank Drive Synagogue is a Grade II* listed building and former synagogue in the Sefton Park area of Liverpool, England. Constructed for the local Jewish congregation in 1937, the building has been described as the most important 20th-century synagogue in England in terms of architecture, as well as the finest surviving architectural example of a synagogue from the interwar period.

Pretext for the foundation of the synagogue can be traced back to a split within the Liverpool Hebrew Congregation in 1838. From this, the separate New Hebrew Congregation established its own synagogue, first on Hanover Street, then on Pilgrim Street, before finally constructing a purpose-built synagogue on Hope Place in 1857.

After World War I, the number of Jewish congregants living close to the synagogue began to decline as they moved outwards to live in Liverpool's wealthier suburbs. One such area was around Sefton, where Hebrew schools and a substantial Jewish congregation started to take shape. By 1928, the Hope Place Congregation made plans to relocate and build a larger synagogue to accommodate the growing community in Sefton. On 15 August 1937, the new synagogue, which had been built in the Art Deco style, was consecrated and opened to the public by Professor Henry Cohen, 1st Baron Cohen of Birkenhead, a member of the congregation.[1]

In May 1959, a fire was started by a burglar which destroyed the Torah ark and its scrolls and damaged part of the roof's structure. At a cost of £50,000, the building was repaired and later re-consecrated in 1961. Another fire broke out in 1965, this time on the first two floors, but the damage was confined to the area.[2]

On 5 January 2008, the building ceased activity and was closed. Around the same time, Historic England upgraded the building's listed status from Grade II (awarded in 1983) to the higher Grade II*. It has since been placed on Historic England's "Heritage at Risk" register.[3] In 2017, approval was given for it to be renovated into a series of apartments.[4]

Anyway onto the photos,
Digital shot on Sony A6400 + RX100iii - Edited on Luminar Ai
35mm shot on Canon Sure Shot 80 - Kodak Gold 200

DSC01980 by Jacob Kelly, on Flickr

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Liverpool Urbex

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It's always been on as far as I remember because they used to have the most awful alarm near the main entrance
I've got a bit of an electrical background, so I had a look at the electrics out of interest. The alarm and CCTV had a new circuit ran to them from the existing fuse board, but the rest of the building was isolated by the looks of the breakers. But we spotted the fella living on site flipping the isolated breakers up supplying the building with power again. I accidentally figured out the lights worked didn't try anymore as I didn't want to get shocked!
 

Shaun

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There's a fella on site now? Hope they're not like the last ones that
 

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