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We have listed our campaigns below and our proud to have achieved the saving of two buildings (St John the Divine, Fairfield and Eddesbury, West Derby) from demolition. We have written a book on the History of Childwall to compliment the website. Further to this we have also written an additional book on the history of Sandfield Tower to highlight the history via our website and our 23 year campaign to save the building.
Braygreen has also provided a campaign to save the history Eddesbury, a Grade 2 listed building in Liverpool, as well as running an additional campaign on the saving of Woolton Hall, a Grade 1 listed 1700's building. This campaign has resulted in Woolton Hall being added to the Historic England at Risk Register for 2021. A fantastic recognition. We also run multiple history websites of local interest and are happy to become involved in any further campaigns to assist abandoned buildings in Liverpool. Please contact us for any further information.
SANDFIELD TOWER - Sandfield Tower is a 3 level Grade II listed building in the south of Liverpool, set back from the main road and lost in time compared to the neighbouring houses. Now derelict and fire damaged throughout most of the building, it is left to the mercy of the weather and elements from many of the open windows and part missing roof.
However, the building has not been touched in at least 23 years and is now little more than a folly standing on the side of Queens Drive. How has this building escaped any Urgent Works Notices?
We can only hope that this building is saved and returned to its former glory, standing at the entrance to Sandfield Park.
THE HISTORY OF CHILDWALL - Discover the History of Childwall through the Official website detailing its past history! See rare photographs and film from the last 100 years and discover long lost places of Childwall that are no longer with us. Take the tour of the area to review the past. Childwall was known as Cileuuelle in the 1086 Domesday Book meaning 'a stream where youngsters meet' from the Old English words cild and wella.
"that there was one priest there, holding one carucate of land (about 50 acres)."This, however, was not for his own use but for the poor of the parish, extending to the Mersey from Garston, to past Hale. Childwall then became attached to to the Priory of Lancaster which Roger founded as the cell of the Abbey." Read about the amazing history including lost mansions, very old pubs and the history of long lost farms and buildings.
EDDESBURY - The Margaret Beavan Special School is situated on the corner of Hayman’s Green and Almonds Green. It was designed and built in 1884 by Architect James Frances Doyle. The building was designed for the Latham Family as a private villa and was once called Eddesbury.
Today, this building stands unloved and uncared for, and another Grade 2 listed building is now at the mercy of the weather and vandals who have managed to gain access to the property from time to time. This group aims to look at the history of the building, rare images both internally and externally, discover who owned the building during its life, and why, much like Sandfield Tower, is now abandoned for it to slowly fall apart. Should this be happening to Doyle’s earlier work? We think not!
INDIA BUILDING - Discover the historic background on India Buildings Liverpool. From its listed status to being the headquarters for the Blue Funnel Line, this Grade II building also contains an internal shopping arcade and the entrance to an underground station.
India Buildings was built between 1924 and 1932. The competition for its design was won in 1923 by Arnold Thornely and Herbert J. Rowse, the assessor being Giles Gilbert Scott.
It was built as a speculative venture by the shipping firm of Richard Durning Holt and Alfred Holt and Company (the Blue Funnel Line) partly for its own use, and partly for letting offices to other businesses. In August 2017 it was announced that British multinational financial services company, Legal & General had bought India Buildings. HMRC will lease ten floors of the building.
ST LUKE'S BOMBED OUT CHURCH - Discover the history of the much loved building St Luke's Church that has stood in Liverpool as a burnt out shell as a memorial for the War. We bring you detailed pictures of the interior, and rare black and white unseen pictures! The site for the church was given by Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby in 1791 on condition that the land should never be used for any other purpose than that of a church.
On 6 May 1941, during the Liverpool Blitz, the church was hit by an incendiary device that caused a large fire, leaving only the burnt-out shell of the former church. The church was designated as a Grade II* listed building on 28 June 1952. The history of this building is fantastic. From the rare Liver Bird story, to the original Memorial Chair that survived the bombing!
STOP THE ROT - This website has been set up because we believe there is no clear understanding of the way forward with our buildings at risk in Liverpool. We have numerous buildings at risk and yet it appears that it is down to ‘Joe Public’ to highlight these themselves, not just to the general public, but also to Liverpool City Council, Save Britain’s Heritage and Historic England.
Without the continued publication of local websites and local campaigners, no one would know the plight of Sandfield Tower, nor would they understand the very poor condition of Woolton Hall (Grade 1). We have had to fall back on the risk of ‘urban explorers’ to see inside some of our beautiful and yet abandoned building. Therefore, this website has been set up to highlight our abandoned heritage, to raise the awareness of these buildings, to understand who owns them and what the next step is for this building.
PEARSONS OF LIVERPOOL - "After the War Was Over" is the most fascinating publication produced, and its content is unique! In over 200 images, it uses hitherto classified photographs to present a view of the secret goings-on around Edge Hill.
Assembling crated vehicles sent across the Atlantic in the convoys, an army of engineers aided by old men, young boys and women, put together a vast fleet of military might, initially from Canada and then the USA.
Here, in bombed-out factories and on waste ground around Smithdown Lane, Overbury Street, Crown Street, Queensland Street and Falkner Street, a vast fleet of military vehicles were erected in great secrecy. Our website reveals the background to the book and how to order a rare copy!
ST JOHN DIVINE - Welcome to the new website on the history and campaign to successfully save St John the Divine, Fairfield, Liverpool from demolition. A hard-fought campaign against a unlisted building, yet an important building for the history of Liverpool, and of course a noticeable landmark on the entrance and exit from the main thoroughfare into Liverpool City Centre. St. John The Divine Church is unlisted and a much-loved church particularly by the residents of Kensington and Fairfield.
The Church was built between 1851-53 and built by the architect W Raffles Brown. The building was used as a Church and community centre till 2007. We then learnt in 2008 that there was a very great threat to the Church's future when the church council said it needed to be bulldozed because of its dangerous state. Our greatest achievement to date - the Church being saved from Demolition!
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