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Great Britain The deaf and dumb institute. Liverpool. February 2020

Stevepg

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Just be aware if you visit there are squatters in the premises a small “encampment” has been erected in a back room off the hall in picture 21, nice duckboards through the water ingress, the door is secured from the inside no one answered when I gave it a good banging. Also on my way out the boards over the point of egress had been replaced. Cheers for that.

In May 1864 the Liverpool Adult Deaf and Dumb Benevolent Society was established.

It to give Deaf People equal access to the Scriptures. They started with just one room in the School for the Deaf and Dumb in Oxford Street.

In 1865 the Society held a meeting where they appointed a committee and decided on the rules. They had no premises where they could meet until 1869 when they were able to rent a room on Pleasant Street.

In 1874 the priest in charge of Liverpool gave permission for Sunday services to be held in the cemetery Chapel, St Mary’s on Cambridge Street as it was not being used. These premises were not suitable and the committee decided they needed somewhere permanent.

In 1877 the Society started a building fund. The Mayor of Liverpool then took an interest in the fund and through him her Majesty Queen Victoria made a donation of £5.

In 1886 the committee got a lease from Lord Sefton for the land of Princess Avenue and Parkway. This lease was given for 2000 years.

On 16th May 1887 H.R.H Princess Louise formally opened the Institute.

The church was designed in tiers so that the congregation could see the ministers sign language.

On 9th November 1927 the Deaf Community suffered a massive loss with the death of the founder George Healey aged 84. Four years later in May 1931 the Society opened the George Healey memorial hall. This would be used as a men’s club where men could play snooker, chess, cards and other activities.

The building also had the women’s room where women could go to socialise. The hall was used for lectures, meetings, dances and social gatherings. The chapel in the building was used for services every Sunday at 11am and 6.30pm.

The society provided an employment bureau and sometimes employment for the jobless, interpreters for all occasions, social gatherings for the Deaf Blind and financial help for the poor.

In the late 1980s the Society relocated to Queens Drive in West Derby.

In 1987 it was purchased for £50k and For 20 years it operated as the Ibo community and social club for the immigrant Igbo people from Nigeria but this ceased when the buildings fabric deteriorated

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Lovely details here - cracking job. Did you have any problems with the squatters, other than the boards being replaced?
 
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Lovely details here - cracking job. Did you have any problems with the squatters, other than the boards being replaced?
No, none at all, it’s quite big in there they didn’t come looking for me and I didn’t go searching for them, sad thing is in the little area they had built there were kids toys and a buggy as well as clothes hanging on a a string
 

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Not a great place to bring up a family. Looks a decent explore though
 

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Nice one, its a cool place aint it.
I walked into the backroom on my own & though I wonder what so important here they have covered it with a sheet!
Fortunatelly there was no one in there when I stuck my head in.
I heard it was sealed the day after our visit a few weeks ago but maybe thats the residents keeping people out then?
 
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Nice one, its a cool place aint it.
I walked into the backroom on my own & though I wonder what so important here they have covered it with a sheet!
Fortunatelly there was no one in there when I stuck my head in.
I heard it was sealed the day after our visit a few weeks ago but maybe thats the residents keeping people out then?
Yeah, the ‘residents’ now lock it from the inside!
 
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