Princes Road Synagogue, located in Toxteth, Liverpool , is the home of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation. It came into existence when the Jewish community in Liverpool in the late 1860s decided to build itself a new synagogue, reflecting the status and wealth of the community. Liverpool’s magnates were filling Toxteth with opulent mansions and the synagogue stands in a cluster of houses of worship designed to advertise the wealth and status of a group of captains of industry that was remarkably ethnically diverse, by the standards of Victorian England.
Immediately adjacent to Princes Road are the magnificent Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, and a handsome, early French gothic, Welsh Presbyterian Church, designed by William James Audsley andGeorge Ashdown Audsley, architect brothers from Edinburgh, who built Princes Road Synagogue at a cost of £14,975 8s 11d. It was consecrated on September 2, 1874. Architectural historian H. A. Meek calls Princes Road “stunning” and it certainly is. Meek describes Princes Road, which the congregation itself describes as impressively combining Gothic Revivaland Moorish Revival architecture, as “eclectic.” but he continues, “Does no eclectic design survive that is neither bizarre nor eccentric, but gathers its elements from disparate sources and blends them into a harmonious unity? Yes, of course, there are many; but let one stand for them all. He who has not seen the interior of Princes Road synagogue in Liverpool has not beheld the glory of Israel.” Princes Road, with its lofty, barrel-vaulted ceiling, lavish gilding, and unstinting use of the finest woods and marbles is widely regarded as the finest example of the Moorish Revival style of synagogue architecture in Great Britain.
Times of Services
Shabbat mornings start 9:45am
Festival mornings start 9:30am
Reading of the Torah 10.30am
Services finish between 12 and 12.15pm and are followed by kiddush.
Official Website – https://www.princesroad.org/
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