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Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Newsletter #114 - April 2021

Castle-Top Card Case St Luke's Church, Liverpool

Contemporary steel engraved prints of St Luke's Church.

St Luke's Church, more commonly known by locals as the 'bombed-out church', is a former Anglican parish church in Liverpool. England. It stands on the corner of Berry Street and Leece Street, at the top of Bold Street.

The church was built between 1811 and 1832, and was designed by John Foster, Sr. and John Foster, Jr., father and son who were successive surveyors for the municipal Corporation of Liverpool. In addition to being a parish church, it was also intended to be used as a venue for ceremonial worship by the Corporation and as a concert hall.

The church was badly damaged by bombs during the Liverpool Blitz in 1941 and has been a roofless shell ever since, giving rise to its nickname. It now stands as a memorial to those who died in the war, and has also been hired as a venue for exhibitions and events. The church and its surrounding walls, gates, and railings are recorded in the National Heritage List for England as designated Grade II* listed buildings.

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. Plans for the design of the church were first drawn up in 1802 by John Foster, senior, the surveyor of the Corporation of Liverpool, but the foundation stone was not laid until April 9, 1811. Building work, supervised by Foster, progressed slowly, and during this time the plans were amended to make the building suitable both as a ceremonial place of worship for members of the Corporation, and also for use as a concert hall. In 1822 it was decided to add a chancel to the church. Foster's son, also named John, took over the role of Corporation surveyor and continued to supervise the building, making further changes to the design in 1827. Building was finally completed in 1832. The church was known as "the doctor's church" because of its location near to Rodney Street, the home of many doctors. It continued to be used as a concert hall as well as a church until the Philharmonic Hall in Hope Street opened in 1849. Between 1864 and 1873 minor alterations were made to the church by W.&G.Audsley.

On 6 May 1941, during Liverpool's "May Blitz", the church was hit by an incendiary device that caused a large fire, leaving only the burnt-out shell of the former church. It has since been nicknamed "the bombed-out church". It has been decided to maintain the church as it is, a burnt-out shell, as a memorial to those who died as a result of the war. The church was designated as a Grade II* listed building on 28 June 1952.

The area around the church has never been used for burials, and was laid out as a garden in 1885. Originally it was enclosed by a solid wall, with doorways under pointed arches. This was replaced between 1829 and 1832 by John Foster, junior, by the current enclosure. This consists of cast iron railings on sandstone plinth walls, and cast iron gates between sandstone piers. Steps lead down on all sides to the surrounding streets. The gate piers are panelled, and have crocketed heads.

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A further tranche of Wine & Sauce Labels from the

Charles Rupert Fraser Wilkinson Collection



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Victorian Thomas Webb Peach Blow Enamel Glass Scent Bottle Pair Post War Cast Silver Swimming Fish Candlesticks Victorian Novelty Silver Tortoise Vesta Case Early 20th Century Danish Silver Mustard Pot & Spoon
Edwardian Novelty Silver 'Jovial Man' Cream Jug Victorian Novelty Silver Combined Scent Bottle, Sewing Etui & Vinaigrette Champagne Bottle  Victorian Novelty Silver Cockerel Pepper Edwardian Novelty Silver Owl Mustard Pot with Mouse Spoon

Once again I am pleased to be able to update the site this month with over 40 new items of stock and some highlights include; a Victorian Thomas Webb Peach Blow Enamel Glass Scent Bottle, a pair Post War of  Cast Silver Swimming Fish Candlesticks, a rare Victorian Novelty Silver Tortoise Vesta Case, an early 20th Century Georg Jensen Danish Silver Mustard Pot & Spoon, an Edwardian Novelty Silver 'Jovial Man' Cream Jug, a rare Victorian Novelty Silver Combined Scent Bottle, Sewing Etui & Vinaigrette in the form of a Champagne Bottle, a fine Victorian Novelty Silver Cockerel Pepper and Edwardian Novelty Silver Owl Mustard Pot with Mouse Spoon.


I do hope that you will find this Newsletter informative and helpful and will allow us send it to you on a regular basis. I would welcome any feedback you may have, both positive and negative.

David W.A. Buck.
Steppes Hill Farm Antiques


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