We have listed our campaigns below and our proud to have achieved the saving of one building (St John the Divine, Fairfield) from demolition. We have written a book on the History of Childwall to compliment the website. Further to this we have also written an additional book on the history of Sandfield Tower to compliment our website and our 22 year campaign to save the building. 

Maelstrom has also provided a campaign to save the history Eddesbury, a Grade 2 listed building in Liverpool as well as running an additional campaign on the saving of Woolton Hall, a Grade 1 listed 1700's building.  This campaign has resulted in Woolton Hall being added to the Historic England at Risk Register for 2021. A fantastic recognition. 

We also run multiple history websites of local interest and are happy to become involved in any further campaigns to assist abandoned buildings in Liverpool. Please contact us for any further information. 

SANDFIELD TOWER - Sandfield Tower is a 3 level Grade II listed building in the south of Liverpool, set back from the main road and lost in time compared to the neighbouring houses.  Now derelict and fire damaged throughout most of the building, it is left to the mercy of the weather  and elements from many of the open windows and part missing roof.

 

With properties having been identified and prioritised for action, money has been provided by the City Council and Northwest Development Agency to enable the Buildings at Risk Officer to use the statutory powers available.  

 

As a priority building, Sandfield Tower has been subject to such measures. We can only hope that this building is saved and returned to its former glory, standing at the entrance to Sandfield Park. Today, Sandfield Tower stands there unloved.

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THE HISTORY OF CHILDWALL - Discover the History of Childwall through the Official website detailing its past history! See rare photographs and film from the last 100 years and discover long lost places of Childwall that are no longer with us. Take the tour of the area to review the past.

 

Childwall was known as Cileuuelle in the 1086 Domesday Book meaning 'a stream where youngsters meet' from the Old English words cild and wella.  

 

"that there was one priest there, holding one carucate of land (about 50 acres)."This, however, was not for his own use but for the poor of the parish, extending to the Mersey from Garston, to past Hale.  Childwall then became attached to to the Priory of Lancaster which Roger founded as the cell of the Abbey."

EDDESBURY - The Margaret Beavan Special School is situated on the corner of Hayman’s Green and Almonds Green. It was designed and built in 1884 by Architect James Frances Doyle. The building was designed for the Latham Family as a private villa and was once called Eddesbury.

 

Today, this building stands unloved and uncared for, and another Grade 2 listed building is now at the mercy of the weather and vandals who have managed to gain access to the property from time to time.

 

This group aims to look at the history of the building, rare images both internally and externally, discover who owned the building during its life, and why, much like Sandfield Tower, is now abandoned for it to slowly fall apart. Should this be happening to Doyle’s earlier work? We think not!

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HISTORY OF THE ROPEWALKS  - The Ropewalks of Liverpool website features not only past information on the background of the ropewalks, but also to highlight some of the historical buildings being demolished for regeneration.

 

The name is derived from the craft of rope-making for sailing ships that dominated the area until the 19th century. It is characterised by its long, straight streets running parallel to each other. The streets were built in this way to allow rope manufacturers to lay the ropes out lengthways during production.

 

There are a number of historic warehouse buildings and it owes much of its character to the rope-making industry.

INDIA BUILDING - Discover the historic background on India Buildings Liverpool. From its listed status to being the headquarters for the Blue Funnel Line, this Grade II building also contains an internal shopping arcade and the entrance to an underground station.

 

India Buildings was built between 1924 and 1932. The competition for its design was won in 1923 by Arnold Thornely and Herbert J. Rowse, the assessor being Giles Gilbert Scott. It was built as a speculative venture by the shipping firm of Richard Durning Holt and Alfred Holt and Company (the Blue Funnel Line) partly for its own use, and partly for letting offices to other businesses. In August 2017 it was announced that British multinational financial services company, Legal & General had bought India Buildings. HMRC will lease ten floors of the building.

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ST LUKE'S BOMBED OUT CHURCH - Discover the history of the much loved building St Luke's Church that has stood in Liverpool as a burnt out shell as a memorial for the War.  We bring you detailed pictures of the interior, and rare black and white unseen pictures!

 

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.

 

On 6 May 1941, during the Liverpool Blitz, the church was hit by an incendiary device that caused a large fire, leaving only the burnt-out shell of the former church.  The church was designated as a Grade II* listed building on 28 June 1952.

The history of this building is fantastic. From the rare Liver Bird story, to the original Memorial Chair that survived the bombing! 

STOP THE ROT - This website has been set up because we believe there is no clear understanding of the way forward with our buildings at risk in Liverpool. We have numerous buildings at risk and yet it appears that it is down to ‘Joe Public’ to highlight these themselves, not just to the general public, but also to Liverpool City Council, Save Britain’s Heritage and Historic England.

Without the continued publication of local websites and local campaigners, no one would know the plight of Sandfield Tower, nor would they understand the very poor condition of Woolton Hall (Grade 1). We have had to fall back on the risk of ‘urban explorers’ to see inside some of our beautiful and yet abandoned building. Therefore, this website has been set up to highlight our abandoned heritage, to raise the awareness of these buildings, to understand who owns them and what the next step is for this building.

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