Urban explorer, David Smith, has taken eerie photographs inside the “tallest building in Liverpool”, which has been neglected and abandoned for more than three decades.
Toxteth’s Welsh Presbyterian Church on Princes Road has been vacant for more than 30 year but is still a Grade 2 listed building, as it remains an integral part of the city’s heritage.
These photos show that the building which was Liverpool’s tallest when it was constructed in 1867 is now in disrepair with vegetation growing in its place, according to The. Liverpool Echo.
It’s hard to believe that once it was packed with congregations, the church would have been the center of a community.
In 2019, work was done to stabilize the building. The National Lottery also allocated money to help restore the building to its former glory, but that was before pandemic.
These photos were taken by Steven Kay, an urban explorer and Wigan warehouse worker who also runs the Youtube channel OMG ExplorersHere he shares videos taken in abandoned and dilapidated places.
Steven states that urban exploration helps him to manage his mental health and he follows strict rules.
He said: “Never damage anything, never steal, never leave a trace of evidence behind.
“I was driving by the Welsh Presbyterian Church when I saw it and thought, “Yeah why don’t I? I’ll see if there’s a way in.” We found a panel large enough to allow us to enter.
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“It was very deteriorated and very damaged. I won’t say it’s the worst I have seen but it’s one of the most deteriorated.
“It’s unfortunate that it can get this bad, but I understand it to some extent because it is funded.
“But this is one of the reasons I’m glad we have done it, it is documenting what’s inside in case it collapsed or gets pulled down.”
In July 2019, the building’s owners, Merseyside Buildings Preservation Trust, were awarded a preliminary grant of £260,000 to draw up detailed design plans.
The grant fuelled hopes that a follow-up cash injection of £2.5m could lead to a revamp of the former Sunday school and presbytery, along with the rest of the structure, and allow Liverpool charity KIND – Kids in Need and Distress – to move into the revitalised site.