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Report - Greenbank Synagogue,Liverpool. May 2022


RXQueen

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What better way to spend reaching 48 than a trip to Liverpool with Chloe :) and a second dose of covid :( I didn’t know I had covid, I thought I was getting a cold and I was just tired from the long journey. As much as I loved our explores in Liverpool I was very short tempered and had to apologise to Chloe at the end of the day. I felt worse as the day went on and not entirely sure how I managed the drive back. Thankfully she didn’t catch anything from me.

I thought Id failed this, I struggled with the gate much to the amusement of a homeless man sat in the sun watching my piss poor attempts at climbing. I then struggled to get over the wall, this has kicked me up the arse to join a gym and get a bit fitter. Got in eventually and then two other explorers turned up and scared the shit out of me.

What a beautiful place. I’ve been inside a Synagogue before when we took our old Cub pack to the local one but that pales in significance to this place. It’s huge and stunning inside if you ignore the odd bit of graffiti and pigeon shit.

History -

Greenbank 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.

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.

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. In 2017, approval was given for it to be renovated into a series of apartments.

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HughieD

28DL Regular User
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Sadly never got round this when I was in Liverpool last. Nice report and that third from last shot really was the money shot!
 

Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
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Nice to see some other bits in here and not just the main attraction. Great images Gem. Oh and get well soon, bless ya X
 

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