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Charlie Duffield

Inside abandoned gothic building with peeling walls and decaying rooms and toys

Liverpool is famed its unique buildings, and one in particular stands out from the rest due to its impressive gothic exterior.

The grade-II listed building on Princes Avenue in Toxteth was constructed in 1887 for Liverpools deaf community - and is called the Merseyside Centre for the Deaf.

It has its own chapel and years ago would have been a stunning sight to witness, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The society moved out of the gothic building in 1986 when it became a community centre.

However, due to rising costs, the building has been left empty and decaying since 2007.

In 2018, the Victorian Society named the venue as a heritage building at risk of disrepair.

The former Merseyside Centre for the Deaf on Princes Avenue in Liverpool stands abandoned and decaying (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)
In 2018, the Victorian Society named the venue as a heritage building at risk of disrepair (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)

Urban explorer Lost Places & Forgotten Faces recently visited the Merseyside building and shared their photos with the ECHO.

They show the dilapidated state of the building, with some rooms still containing children’s toys and furniture that have been left decaying for years.

Lost Places & Forgotten Faces shared the photos on his Facebook page and said: “It's a really interesting place to explore, but a dangerous one at that.”

It can be dangerous to explore (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)
Graffiti on the old walls (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)

The community have plenty of ideas for its transformation, however its current severe condition means urgent works are needed.

Until the building is safe from any further damage, renovations won't happen any time soon.

In later years the building became a popular local community centre, known as the Igbo Club, an organisation promoting Nigerian Igbo culture and community in 1988.

An abandoned children's paddling pool (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)
The gothic building is full of broken furniture and rubble (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)

The Igbo Community Association moved from its previous location after a compulsory purchase order in the early 1980s left it without a venue.

The association then purchased the freehold on the former Merseyside Deaf Society and after five years of running the community centre and social club, its mortgage was paid off.

However, in more recent years, the association was unable to keep up the extensive ongoing repairs required at the centre, and it eventually closed its doors in 2007.

The building has stood empty for years (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)
Parts of the roof of the building has collapsed (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)

Aside from the Merseyside Centre for the Deaf, there are many other abandoned buildings in Liverpool.

For example, an abandoned cottage which is said to be cursed has seen mysterious signs and messages appear in its windows.

The derelict home, located in south Liverpool, has not been lived in for three years, with its front gates chained shut and its doors and windows boarded up.

Most rooms in the building are decaying (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)
One of the huge empty rooms in the former Merseyside Centre for the Deaf (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)

Locals walking past the property recently noticed creepy signs and messages around the home, including black and white images of a woman, Liverpool Echo reports.

One message said: "Whoever removes this from its position will receive 48 hours of regret", while another referred to a "Last Will and Testament."

The home, located opposite St Michaels Train station and on the edge of Priory Woods on Southwood Road was previously owned by Arthur Robert McKay and Paula Marjatta Mckay.

The exterior of the building (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)
Some of the rooms have years of damage (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)

The couple lived at the house with their son Erik, who died at the property on November 4, 2019, at the age of 57.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Erik's father died at a relatively young age, leaving Erik and his mother Paula living in the cottage.

The cottage has remained derelict since Erik's death in 2019.

However, the property was recently purchased by Andrew Berry, and the property developer and his construction company Anderson Ross have started renovating the house.

Broken bits of furniture remain inside one of the rotting cupboards (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)
A child's toy inside one of the many crumbling rooms (Lost Places & Forgotten Faces)

While scaffolding is currently placed around the property and a large amount of clearing work in the expansive back garden taking place, Mr Berry is hoping to turn the cottage into a stunning family home.

"When we first walked in it was shocking. There was huge piles of belongings and stuff everywhere," Mr Berry said.

"My son turned to me and said 'this is the worst one you have ever bought'. But I like a challenge. It's a lovely, interesting property and we want to restore it to its former glory."

Mr Berry purchased the property and surrounding land earlier this year for just over £230,000 and hopes that when his team are finished with it, the cottage will be transformed into a 4-5 bedroom family home that could sell for around £650,000.

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