Tales of the Urban Explorer: Welsh Presbyterian Church

in Urban Exploration3 months ago (edited)

“It’s that fucking church again, look at it.., taunting us”

The Welsh Presbyterian indeed was looking down at both of us as we slowly approached in my car. It had gotten the better of us one time and was in a very gloating mood.

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It was not our agenda, but what the hell? That swagger was insufferable and this time it would not get the better of us.

The The Welsh Presbyterian Church, was built around 1867 and was once the tallest structure in Liverpool. It has been left abandoned for at least 30 years.

In 2019 news emerged of a rescue plan which was subsequently abandoned in 2022 due to funding issues.

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I did find a couple of old images relating to the church both of them on Twitter so there are no tangible sources.

The writer mentions a schoolroom and I am wondering if that is the part (below) that we discovered. The amount of money raised was huge; £605 was a colossal fortune in 1867.

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The comfy sofa had been removed from when I published my old fails post, and still, we were not confident of vaulting the wall close to the probably angry scourers' house who might chase us down the streets of Toxteth with a rusty axe.

’it might look impressive from the outside, but I had a feeling it was yet another death-trap inside’…

@anidiotexplores found the weak point and was inside the grounds within seconds leaving me flailing to catch up as usual.

"Hold on a second..., fucking hell man", I yelled scrambling to a horizontal position in a very public area.

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Let me put it this way... if you want to get in expect some very strange looks coming your way.

"Not this time, you condescending motherfucker", I muttered to the church who was now positively frowning down at me in severe disdain.

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As this was March, the ground's foliage was most deadened wood and easier to navigate than a summer explore.

You still need to watch your eyes; they can be poked out quite easily.

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We entered via the rear into extreme derpiness. Climbing over the fallen brickwork, beams and masonry was treacherous.

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Gingerly clawing through this room using the pillars for support we navigated through several more rooms looking for that 'big church' area.

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Eventually, we reached this large cavern, but it was definitely not the massive expanse we were looking for. Something or other, Holy Temple it said amongst the ageing graffiti.

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It must have been easier to get inside in the past; the graffiti was almost as ancient as the building. We found no fresh empty cans hanging around.

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Very holy in more ways than one; large holes adorned the old 'temple' looking to twist an ankle.

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I did wonder what the adjoining rooms were once used for, perhaps the schoolrooms (as mentioned above). Mustard Yellow is not to my taste but kids may like it, the graffiti probably improves the look.

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The sunlight was creating a small holy tower before us, or was it a holy cock? I am not quite sure.

I spotted something in the top left corner, surely not an old organ. Male body parts were coming at me left right and centre. Some breasts would have been preferable.

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Stepping up on the stage and meandering toward the instrument I hoped to play a Major C, D Minor, or B Flat chord.

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This had to be the worst piano or organ I have ever come across, but seeing it intact was something. I didn't try and hit any keys, this one pokes back hard.

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I was grateful for that sun; a rainy day would have pissed down on us inside. You can't expect any shelter in a place like this.

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It almost looks good, with traces of the stain-glass windows intact.

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We thought of moving on but to where... there was an exit door but… er…, there is a point which neither of us will cross.

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Yet we did but for only one more room. The whole place looked like it was ready to collapse and besides this church was hardly happy with me, to begin with.

Backtracking to the entrance point we decided to scour the perimeter. The main section was still evading us.

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That's around 15 feet up. If only I had through to fetch the not-so-portable ladders from my car.

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@anidiotexplores did heave up this section and peer down inside the old main church section. “It’s bare and how do we get out, there are no climbing aids far-side”, he yelled back.

Was it worth the bother? Possibly now I would have tried it, but then in those days of 'lesser confidence', we decided to abort.

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The front door was positively sealed; through the arches is the only way into the main section.

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Looking around for pedestrians we scrambled back out, once again startling passing motorists. I have heard about wobbling breasts causing distractions and accidents, one day we may too.

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Being taunted by a church? It says something when even the graffiti is vintage. It's probably just going to rot until it collapses, but churches tend to be sturdy.

The piano is great. Maybe you should compile an album of those you have found.

Being taunted by a church?

It seemed that way, we were passing by on to the next one and there it was looming and terrible. We had to show it!

The piano is great. Maybe you should compile an album of those you have found.

Missed one yesterday, the place was sealed.. but caught one in another very surreal explore. The things I see...

Damn those days of lesser confidence. I wonder if there are many cases of urbexers having to be rescued from explores? Probably something they would keep quiet 🤣

I never hear of any rescues, there have been some bad accidents but it's generally kids and not explorers. Did another climb yesterday to gain access to a 'secure building'. It had stickers boasting just that!

Lol. As soon as someone puts up a sticker or a sign claiming to be secure then it is bound to be proved not to be!

It has been TourBussed, we were late and found fresh tins everywhere.., except.. heh.., what a place.. expect to see it next May or so!

The organ is so decrepit and beautiful!

I love abandoned churches. There is something so eerie about being in a place of celebration that no longer has any life...

The organ is so decrepit and beautiful!

Yeah, I was surprised to see it given how open to the elements it was. Not many explorers do this one, it's a pain in the arse getting in the grounds. Less vandalism.

I wonder if that ancient graffiti artist has gone from being Lil Sniff to Old Sniff these days. Bald Sniff? Or maybe Lil Sniff Sr. I can sort of see a rotund bald man holding a spray paint bottle and gesturing to his mini-me protege about where it is best to leave his signature.

This one strikes me as sad, whereas the others I have seen were intriguing in a scientific way, like when you want to look at the road kill as you drive by, even though it will be gross. Not that I have a lot of affection for churches, but it is just so grand. Such a waste of materials and artistry.

Not that I have a lot of affection for churches, but it is just so grand.

Me neither, this one was not filled by Satan messages for once, they generally are.

hehe I with you, breasts would have been preferable!
It is wonder that the scousers hadn't scavaged all the stonework,am sure that could have been sold!

It is wonder that the scousers hadn't scavaged all the stonework,am sure that could have been sold!

It's not so easy to get in, very public.., not that they generally care about that 😀

hehe when has that stopped them🤣

Those large churches do have a tendency to look down at you in disdain, don't they? It's a shame, though, that such a grand structure has fallen into such disrepair. But that organ! Damn. That would be the best place for a Halloween party.

But that organ! Damn.

If it wasn't for that, it would have been a strictly 3/10 explore!

I think such abandoned churches might exist in a country whose owners have been changed during the history. However, this is not the case, but abandoned. Is it an atheist area? :)

Is it an atheist area?

No more so than anywhere else. Religion is not exactly 'mass-market' here especially amongst the young. The church in our village has been closed since COVID times.., which gives me a idea 💡 :)

Sounds like you need to wear safety goggles on these adventures lol.

The walls inside are quite colorful. I like the blue paint color.

The piano photo is really cool

Sounds like you need to wear safety goggles on these adventures lol.

Too much gear slows me down, I did get some branch in my ear a few months back.. it hurt. I try and cover my eyes when wading through face-height brambles.. those prickly things.

Haha yeah that makes sense. I doubt I would wear goggles either. Lol 🤓

It really is a tremendous adventure that you lived in that church, how wonderful and great it is, too bad. It is really a tremendous architecture. Thanks for such a good post my friend.

What a shame, anything this old should be restored. Anyway, thank you for taking me inside.

It's very beautiful photos

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So many amazing photos in that gorgeous GORGEOUS mess!

Looks good on the outside, like most, yet hidden within or under yikes..., another scramble through mayhem, hope you controlled the f bombs!

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Beautiful building but a bloomin mess on the inside - nice to get into that one though !
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Yes, dropping apart inside. 30 years..., it's gonna happen.

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