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Report - WELSH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (toxteth)-DEC 15

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by scotty markfour, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. scotty markfour

    scotty markfour 28DL Regular User
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    HISTORY- built in 1865 by william james audsley and george ashdown audsley in a gothic revival style , known also as the toxteth cathedral by locals , even though it was,nt !
    when opened in 1868 it was liverpools tallest building , thanks to its 200ft spire ! in the 1980s it became surplus to requirement due to falling church population in the district , it became unoccupied for the next 30 odd years until its plight was brought up in the liverpool echo -stop the rot campaign , some internal steel framework has been installed to stop the place collapsing completely ! plans are afoot to revive this once impressive structure
    by using it to house small arts n crafts studios.
    THE VISIT- after failing to gain entry to the old liverpool deaf centre we made our way across the street to the welsh presbyterian church , entry was easy enough, and in we went ! inside the church it was pretty bare except for an old telly n a knackered piano , the church is quite deceptive in its size , the first room i entered was i thought the main chapel ? but after working our way through the building we realised the main part of the church was a lot bigger (hence the nickname TOXTETH CATHEDRAL ). the highlight of the visit was climbing up the spire to see where the bells where housed.
    WARNING- i would recommend that fellow urban explorers take extreme caution with this building as 2 of us went through the rotten wooden floors , 1 banged their head on a protruding wooden structure and 1 tore there designer jeans , this explore involved a lot of crawling n squeezing and laying ladders across rotten floors.
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    Having driven passed this for many years we popped in at the end of a day exploring other things (Jul 2017) - as you say there's more of it than one might expect inside. Also now rapidly becoming a jungle hiding the rotting floor - I went through three times! Just a single pic for the record.
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    i went thru twice ...lol
     
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