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photoblog image The Swedish Church....

The Swedish Church....


... in Liverpool

Built in 1884 the church, known as Gustav Adolfus Kyrka, has been at the heart of the Scandinavian community for over 120 years.  Before Gustaf Adolf´s Church, was built in 1884, one pastor had to visit all the incoming Swedish ships to lead services for the sailors. Tired of watching their minister hop from boat to boat, the seamen felt they should get a place of their own to worship and so the church was built on park Lane in Liverpool, not too far from the docks.

Today it is still active at the heart of the small local Swedish community,it is also the address of the Swedish vice-consulate in Liverpool! Unfortunately the Church of Sweden does not think so as it was announced yesterday that the church is to close by the end of 2008 as they wish to concentrate their work in the Americas and South East Asia. The Rector in London would then assume responsibility for all church matters.

The first Scandinavian settlers came to the area in the 9th Century and the traditional Liverpool dish of Scouse has its origins as lobskause. There are still several hundred Scandinavians in Liverpool with a thriving community.

The Swedish Church....


... in Liverpool

Built in 1884 the church, known as Gustav Adolfus Kyrka, has been at the heart of the Scandinavian community for over 120 years.  Before Gustaf Adolf´s Church, was built in 1884, one pastor had to visit all the incoming Swedish ships to lead services for the sailors. Tired of watching their minister hop from boat to boat, the seamen felt they should get a place of their own to worship and so the church was built on park Lane in Liverpool, not too far from the docks.

Today it is still active at the heart of the small local Swedish community,it is also the address of the Swedish vice-consulate in Liverpool! Unfortunately the Church of Sweden does not think so as it was announced yesterday that the church is to close by the end of 2008 as they wish to concentrate their work in the Americas and South East Asia. The Rector in London would then assume responsibility for all church matters.

The first Scandinavian settlers came to the area in the 9th Century and the traditional Liverpool dish of Scouse has its origins as lobskause. There are still several hundred Scandinavians in Liverpool with a thriving community.

comments (7)

This is a wonderful picture of a very interesting building Les. I admit I had no idea about Liverpool's Swedish connections. Did you take any inside?
Les Auld: Unfortunately i did not have time Chris, need to go back sometime, Thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Feb 2008, 08:33
Great skyworks you have created. Great picture and most interesting comment. I always find it interesting how certain peoples can maintain an identity so many generations after migrating. I guess that there will be some recent migrants too.
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, less than there used to e but still in the low hundreds.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 19 Feb 2008, 08:58
Fantastic capture of an interesting church. It is such a pity they will no longer use it.
Les Auld: It's a listed building so there should be some sort of plan, thanks for the comment.
  • Paul
  • 19 Feb 2008, 18:09
fascinating history as well as a good piccie Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Paul, appreciate the comment.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 19 Feb 2008, 19:42
Lovely design, great pic.
Les Auld: A grand building Dave, thanks for the comment.
What a shame it is to close. Another interesting bit of local history
Les Auld: How true Bill, thanks for the comment.
Interesting building Les and a very good photo. Hope somebody does something sensible with it after closure.
Les Auld: So do I Brian, thanks for the comment.

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