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Spring 08 - Issue 10

Princes Road Synagogue receives Grade I listed status

Princes Road synagogue has been recognised as a national treasure with the award of Grade I listed status. The building is one of only 27 venues in Merseyside with Grade I status and the only one to be upgraded since 1975.

In 1872 the old Liverpool Hebrew Congregation in Seel Street decided that a larger base was needed. The Synagogue Committee, under the chairmanship of David Lewis (of Lewis's department stores), held a competition for a design for new premises, which was won by brothers William and George Audsley. The resulting building was constructed in 1874 on a site leased from the Earl of Sefton.

The exterior belies its ornate inside, with lofty arches, richly painted ceilings and walls, polished marble, alabaster and lavish gold leaf. The synagogue has a small team of knowledgable guides who deliver tours on request. Please call 0151 709 3431 to arrange a visit. Or visit

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