The Churches of Britain and Ireland

Toxteth, Liverpool, Merseyside

Toxteth on Wikipedia.

Ancient Chapel of Toxteth (pre-1778, Presbyterian, later Unitarian) on Park Road. This, and many other old engravings on this website, are reproduced from the downloadable books on the Unitarian Church Headquarters website here. The books are Pictures of Unitarian Churches by Emily Sharpe (1901) and the 1914 edition of Nonconformist Church Architecture by Ronald P. Jones M.A, (Oxon), and the images are reproduced by kind permission of James Barry of Unitarian Church Headquarters. My appreciation also to Mike Berrell for his efforts in this regard. A modern view, Richard Humphreys (2014).

Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas (1870) on Berkley Street and Princes Road. Another view. SJ 3579 8917. Both Janet Gimber (2019). This news item has some interior photos. Grade II listed.

Princes Road Synagogue (commonly referred to as the Old Hebrew Congregation). Another view. SJ 3593 8914. The synagogue website has an interior view. Its history page dates it to 1872-4, and also mentions a number of earlier synagogues in the city, and includes an illustration of the Seel Street Synagogue (1806-8), and an old photo of the present synagogue, with minarets, which were removed for safety reasons in 1960. The others were on Cumberland Street, attested to in 1753, Turton Court (circa 1780), and Upper Frederick Street (1789). If you can identify the exact site of any of these I'd love to hear from you. Both Janet Gimber (2019). Grade I listed.

St. Margaret of Antioch on Princes Road. Its grade II* listing dates it to 1868-9, by G.E. Street. SJ 3588 8917. Janet Gimber (2019). Link.

St. Michael in the Hamlet (1815) on St. Michael's Church Road, Toxteth Park. Known locally as the Cast Iron Church, as it is a sort of pre-fabricated building - cast iron frames with brick in-fill. These two photos show the cast iron construction - 1, 2. As if that wasn't unusual enough, it has two slate roofs, a second having been built over the first when it developed leaks. Side Chapel. It has some fine stained glass - 1, 2, and the East window. John is aware of a similar church in Everton. SJ 3691 8706. All John Balaam (2014). Link. Grade I listed.

The former, and derelict, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church on Princes Road, and the adjacent former Sunday School. Dated on its grade II listing to 1865-7, where it is named as a Welsh Presbyterian Church, which it later became. This lasted until the 1980's, when it was sold to Nigerian-based Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (more on them here), who were in residence for about 10 years, since when it has been unoccupied. SJ 3600 8898. Both Janet Gimber (2019).





04 March 2023

Steve Bulman

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