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ST LUKE'S CHURCH - LIVERPOOL

(The Bombed Out Church)

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This website has been designed and created by Jonathon Wild, the Proprietor of Maelstrom. My interest in St Luke's Church has stemmed from a lifelong hobby of Church Bell ringing, from local towers in and around Liverpool, to ringing the highest and heaviest peal of bells in the world at Liverpool Cathedral.

 

Should you have any further information/unusual pictures or comments to add, please contact us by clicking on the portfolio picture on the right hand side.

Please note that I do not have access to the Church as a keyholder nor can give advice on hiring out the building. Thank you for your continued support in supporting this historical website.

 

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Or E-mail us below. Please note this e-mail address is not contact details for Urban Strawberry Lunch or to ask about hiring out the Church. However, I welcome any historial aspect and further information/pictures on

St Luke's Church.

 

 

 

Our personal thanks to Bryan McCahey, whose enthusiasm for St Luke's has resulted in this website of rare pictures.

We would first like to thank Bryan J McCahey for his publication of Peace and Good Neighbourhood, and for the contemporary photographs of St Luke's in 1931. Without him, this site would not have been possible. We would also like to thank the Merseyside Bell Restoration Group for allowing me to use various items from the above book.

Thanks must also go to Chris Pickford who provided much information for Peace and Good Neighbourhood.

 

Our thanks are also to Ambrose Reynolds and Urban Strawberry Lunch for allowing the Church to be opened on a regular basis and allowing me to see inside of such a historical building. The City of Liverpool is forever in your debt!

 

INTRODUCTION PAGE:

 

Text taken from the popular Liverpool journal, 'The Albion'. Reproduced in Peace and Good Neighbourhood.

 

Text taken from 'A Strangers Guide to Liverpool'

 

THE INTERIOR:

 

Text taken from 'Thomas Banker's 'History of St Luke's Church (1900):"

 

THE BELLS:

 

Introduction text taken from Peace and Good Neighbourhood. Bell weights, bell inscriptions taken from Peace and Good Neighbourhood. William Dobson text taken from John R Ketteringham.

 

THE DESTRUCTION:

 

Intro text from the Liverpool Daily Post 1941.

Since this website went live, I have been inundated with e-mail's far and wide congratulating me on putting the Bombed Out Church 'back on the map' as it seems to have been a forgotten corner of Liverpool, badly neglected with stained glass being broken and parts of the remains of the Grade 2 listed building being skipped - only for passers by to save what they could.

 

I have been amazed at the e-mail's, phone calls and personal talks when visiting 'the bomdie' and would like to share a few special artifacts below. To say that each story has been 'the best' so far is special enough, but then we will open our e-mail and find more personal pictures - some

we have produced below.

 

DO YOU have ANY pictures of St Luke's from any era that you can send us by E-mail? No matter how insignificant you may think they are!

 

Did you have family baptised/married in the Church? Do you have pictures of the building before its partial destruction? Or perhaps a good story to tell us?

 

From the many phone calls we have received, one has stood out and will continue to do so. We have been unable to actually view the artifact ourselves as yet, but we are going to do so in the next few weeks.

 

This item was one of the few items that were removed from the Church during the fire and it has stood the test of time, now sitting in someone's house.

 

We will report with pictures nearer the time!

 

We were recently contacted by a lady who has in her possession, a medal from St Luke's. Passed down through her family, it shows both sides of a medal with the family members initials on the rear and St Luke's - 1901 - Barbells to the front. Does anyone have any knowledge of a Barbells group at St Luke's or a well known group in Liverpool City Centre?

Even more amazing - an original interior window from St Luke's! We presume that this is from the front end of the Church and possibly from the interior from the Tower.

A local resident who once lived by St Luke' came across a skip years ago parked outside of the Church. There must have been some work at the Church as there seemed to be lots of original 'bits and bobs' (including half the floor timbers from the bottom of the Tower). The item that you see was then cleaned up, stained and a rear mirror was then attached behind the frame! It now survives to this day and is a constant reminder of St Luke's.

We see a very rare copy of the Order of Service for the Centenary of the Church's Consecration - January 1931.

Again we have Bryan McCahey to thank for this rare publication!

 

We were recently contacted by Joyce Greenland regarding her late father's connection with St Luke's:

 

"My Dad, Alfred Greenland, was christened in St. Luke's on Easter Sunday the 8th April 1928; these are his Certificates of Baptism. Dad lived nearby in Pilgrim Street, his Grandfather (also named Alfred Greenland) living, just around the corner, and owning a garage in, Rice Street. Dad was a choir boy in St. Luke's right up to when it was bombed. After the bombing, services continued in a building in either Leece street or Hardman street, I cannot recall the name of the building, and he was one of the last choir boys who continued to sing there.

 

Dad always spoke fondly and proudly of his days as a choir boy at St. Luke's, and he always spoke affectionately of a lady called Violet Swift who was, I think, a Sunday School teacher there. Sadly, Dad passed away on Tuesday 23rd August 2011, aged 83." Joyce has kindly given us copies of her late father's certificates and a picture of him at the age of when he was a Choir boy.

 

Our thanks go to Joyce for giving us more information on a much loved and well used Church and the personal connection it had for people in the surrounding area.

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ST LUKE'S - BISHOP'S CHAIR.

Read the full story of the amazing discovery of the original Bishop's Chair here:

THE CHAIR