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Labour of Love in Liverpool

by D. Ben Rees
£15.00   paperback  Modern Welsh Publications (2008)

Labour of Love in Liverpool by D. Ben Rees The large building facing Penny Lane and a landmark for the Beatles and which has been a home from home to thousands of Welsh speaking folk, will be demolished in the near future, amd the Liverpool free Churches will lost its largest citadel. It holds 750 and has become too large and costly to keep. For the last 18 years the trustees of the Presbyterian Church have made a valiant effort to attract the University, the city Council, other churches and various organisations to share the vast complex but to no avail though the Aukland Colleage venture was very successful. Hopefully a purpose built smaller chapel will be built on the corner of Heathfield Road and Auckland Road to safeguard the spiritual and cultural witness of the Welsh community in the city of Liverpool.
 
But the actual story narrated in this book begins in 1864 in Smithdown Lane not all that far from the Royal Liverpool Hospital and Chatham Building part of the University of Liverpool. Chatham Street Welsh Chapel under the saintly minister the Reverend Henry Rees supported this missionary effort and built a schoolroom for the Sunday school and other activities. Then they moved to Webster Road where they built a chapel and finally in 1927 they arrived in the large Chapel, built after a marathon effort, at the bottom of Heathfield Road in Smithdown Place.
 
This volume has been well served by a number of photographers from Richard Muir, David Fletcher, John G. Williams, E. Emrys Jones, Phil Cope, Meinwen Rees and many others.

ISBN 13: 9780901332905 | ISBN 10: 0901332909