An urban explorer has revealed eerie photos taken inside the 'tallest building in Liverpool' which has been left dilapidated and abandoned for three decades.
Welsh Presbyterian Church on Princes Road, Toxteth has stood empty for more than 30 years but remains a Grade II listed building as it remains an important part of the cities heritage.
The pictures show that the building, which was the tallest building in Liverpool when it was completed in 1867, is falling apart with vegetation now growing inside, reported the Liverpool Echo.
It is hard to imagine now that it would once have packed congregations and the church would be the centre of a local community.
There was work done in 2019 to stabilise the building and money was allocated by the National Lottery to help restore it to its former glory – but that was before the pandemic hit.
The photos were taken by urban explorer Steven Kay, a warehouse operative from Wigan, who runs the Youtube channel OMG Explorers where he shares videos from inside abandoned or dilapidated spaces.
Steven says urban exploring is a hobby that helps him with his mental health, while he keeps to strict rules.
He said: "Never damage anything, never steal, never leave a trace of evidence behind.
"I was driving past the Welsh Presbyterian Church and I thought 'yeah why not, I will see if I can find a way in'. We found a panel with enough space for us to get inside.
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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 a shame that it has been allowed to get like this, but I do understand to a point because it's funding.
"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.
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