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06.11.19 Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral & St James' Gardens The Cathedral Church of Christ, Liverpool, designed by the then-22-year-old (later Sir ) Giles Gilbert Scott’s, is built on St. James’ Mount at the southerly end of Hope Street Quarter. Bishop Francis James Chavasse, second Bishop of Liverpool, decided to build it in 1901 and King Edward VII laid the Foundation Stone on 19 July 1904. The Cathedral was consecrated twenty years to the day later, but not until October 1978 did Queen Elizabeth II attend a service to mark completion of the largest of our Cathedrals in Britain. And now the civic value of St James' Cemetery and Gardens is also recognised.

07.01.04 Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral silhouette at dusk from Everyman Theatre & RC Cathedral on Hope Street

See more photos of Liverpool's Cathedrals and celebrating communities on Hope Street here [Liverpool's Two Cathedrals] and below....

06.03.04 Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral St James Gardens frost , view from lower Hope Street / Gambier Terrace


06.11.19 Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral & St James Gardens

06.11.19  Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral Huskisson Memorial St James' Gardens & Gambier Terrace (lower Hope Street) 06.11.19  Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral St James' Cemetery freshwater spring below Gambier Terrace


06.11.19  Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral St James' Cemetery tombstones (1645)

06.11.19 Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral from St James' Gardens & Cemetery

Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral & Oratory  Tracey Emin  'bird on a stick' 'Roman Standard' sculpture 06.11.19 Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral Oratory Tracey Emin's 'bird on a stick' 'Roman Standard' sculpture

06.11.19 Liverpool (Anglican, St James') Cathedral from Toxteth

06.11.19 Liverpool (Anglican, St James') Cathedral front lit up, with Elisabeth Frink's 'Risen Christ' sculpture over great door

Read more about:

Hope Street Quarter
Liverpool Cathedral
St. James' Cemetery And Gardens
The Friends of St James'
Liverpool's Two Cathedrals
Dame Elisabeth Frink
(1930-1993; Risen Christ was installed was installed one week before Frink's death)
Tracey Emin (b.1963; Emin's Cathedral work, Roman Standard - or 'bird on a stick' - was her first public art installation; she intends to do another one for the cathedral in 2008)

See also photgraphs at
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and
Calendar & Camera

Hope Street Liverpool (RC Catholic) Cathedral spires Sometimes the sun seems to beam right along Liverpool's Hope Street as though it had a special route to the heart of the city. When dark clouds lie behind the Cathedral, the effect of this noonday shaft of light is dazzling.

06.11.09 Liverpool Metropolitan (RC  Catholic) Cathedral of Christ the King

See more photos of Liverpool's Cathedrals and celebrating communities on Hope Street href="">here [Liverpool's Two Cathedrals] and below....

Read more about Hope Street Quarter.

Information on Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is available here.

Hope Street & Liverpool Metropolitan (RC Catholic) Cathedral 06.10.01

Hope Street (Brouhaha dance performance, Liverpool Metropolitan (RC Catholic) Cathedral steps & lighting) 06.07.28

Hope Street 'Suitcase' steps LIPA, to Liverpool (RC Catholic) Cathedral 06.10.01

HOPES: The Hope Street Association ~ Millennium Festival Launch Italian Flagthrowers on steps of Liverpool Metropolitan (RC Catholic) Cathedral 2000.06.09

See also photgraphs at Calendar & Camera and Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral.

06.11.19 St James Cemetery passage 161x121 2439a.jpg The Friends of St James', who are restoring the historic cemetery and park next to Liverpool Cathedral, have achieved much in the few years of their formal existence. The inner city becomes, by the hard work of volunteer environmentalists and gardeners, joining with equally committed volunteer lobbyists, a place where green space can thrive to encourage the naturalist in us all.

04.06.06a Planting a tree in St James's Gardens, Liverpool  Robin Riley & Tony Bradshaw & Ann Wolff 480x269.jpg

The Friends of St James Cemetery And Gardens held its third AGM this evening. Reports from the Chair, local resident and sculptor Robin Riley, and the Vice-Chair, Prof. Tony Bradshaw, a noted emeritus researcher from the University of Liverpool, were incredibly encouraging - programmes of volunteer engagement, plans for children's educational activities, accounts of excellent public engagement events during the past year ... all warmed the heart and gave us hope for the future of this unique inner-city environmental resource.

St James' is a space dug out by the masons of yesteryear (I suspect that blocks of its red stone comprise the wall at the back of my house), and situated right next to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. It holds about eighty thousand graves, relating in their stony way the history of the city for many decades up to the 1930s.

The cemetery, now also a park or 'gardens', hosts the Huskisson Memorial and much other testimony to Liverpool's history. Amongst the other very interesting things to be found in this hollow scooped from the innrer city are a natural well and many exciting nooks and crannies. But until recently it was a no-go area, somewhere that most of us were rather afraid to explore at any time of day.

06.11.19 St James Gardens & Huskisson Memorial, with lower Hope Street & Gamber Terrace above  480x360 2402a.jpg

Pulling together to reclaim the space
The opportunity to reclaim this large space arose at least in part from the Bishops' Conference on Social Responsibility which was held at Liverpool Cathedral in 2001. The environmentally aware theme of this conference resonated with the ambitions of many of us at the Cathedral and in HOPES: The Hope Street Association to develop the St. James' site (which runs along the southern part of Hope Street) as part of our long-awaited Hope Street Millennium Public Realm proposals. In this ambition we found sterling support from David Shreeve of the national organisation the Conservation Foundation, a keen environmentalist who was much involved with Liverpool Cathedral and in this conference.

David worked with HOPES and others to encourage the City Council to see the value of developing the historic site right on our doorstep, and so the Friends of St James was formed. Here is an example of how having someone beyond the local scene to act as a champion can work wonders. What is declared by influential people beyond the locality to be precious may well be similarly perceived also by local decision-makers before too long.

Building for the future
So now we have a very active organisation for St James' which will soon be a registered charity, and we also have buy-in from the City Council and Liverpool Vision, as well as from many 'ordinary' citizens of the city.

We also have big plans, including the imaginative Bridge of Hope, a project for a glass bridge which is intended to take people on a walkway at street level, high above the cemetery, straight into the Cathedral - thereby at last realising a dream which has been part of the Hope Street ambition for many decades.

What prospects for green space in the city?
Liverpool has been very slow to treasure its parks and green space. Sefton Park, for instance, has been left quietly to 'naturalise' for many years until very recently; but the Friends of Sefton Park, like those of St James', have campaigned long and hard to develop these parks a sensibly managed public space once more... And it's happened, because citizens of the city living around and enjoying these green spaces, cared enough to make a fuss and involve other, generously helpful people.

Let's hope the same success can now be achieved by people who are campaigning for improvements to Newsham Park and other superb parks and green spaces in Liverpool. Newsham Park, for instance, has hard-working Friends as well. They need support!

The critical thing is, unless people can enjoy green space for themselves, they probably won't be able to value it as they could, indeed should. It's become a generational thing. If you haven't seen it, you probably won't want it, whether its allotments, parks or simply somewhere nice to walk.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral St James Gardens map 480x325 2376a 06.11.19.jpg

Inevitably we must accept that Liverpool's parks and open spaces cannot all, and unreservedly, be 'set in aspic' (to use a naturalistic metaphor); but I applaud wholeheartedly those who fight to ensure that the children of today have the opportunity, by example of fellow local citizens, to become be the enthusiastic users, and indeed guardians, of inner-city green space in the future.

See also
Liverpool's Two Cathedrals
Hope Street Quarter, Liverpool and
Camera & Calendar.

Hope Street, Liverpool, has an extraordinary range of special organisations and institutions along its kilometre length - including both of Liverpool's great Cathedrals. This brief paper, presented at the Northern European Cathedrals Conference in Liverpool on 26 January 2005, explores some of the work which HOPES and the Cathedrals undertake.

Northern European Cathedrals Conference, 26 January 2005
Talk given in Liverpool Cathedral

The Hope Street Quarter, Liverpool
(Cultural Tourism as a Catalyst for Renaissance)

HOPES: The Hope Street Association was formed in the early 1990s as a result of widening the work of the voluntary group CAMPAM, the Campaign to Promote the Arts on Merseyside. HOPES is a registered ‘arts, education and regeneration’ charity with about 150 paying members (almost 50 of them local institutions etc). We also have a large number of ‘associate’ partners who do not actually subscribe to HOPES; no-one is ignored and all are welcome. HOPES has no formal funding except for grant-aid to support some artistic activities, and the organisation is run by an elected honorary Executive Committee – on which representatives of both Cathedrals are ex-officio the two Vice-Chairs – and by young graduate and local community volunteers.

Since we began our work has been divided into a number of different themes ~

Community and Cultural involvement:
We provided the secretariat for the 1998 Liverpool Windrush celebrations; we arrange small-scale (often musical) events in community settings, as well as open-invitation (free) social gatherings such as the HOPES Not-New-Year Party; we hold occasional debates on arts and regeneration topics; and, every year, we bring together a wide range of people to share the HOTFOOT Midsummer Concert at Philharmonic Hall to which many people in our various communities are invited. HOPES was chosen in 2,000 by the Millennium Commission from events across the nation as its exemplar Community Festival, and we gave a presentation in London on our activities to the Commissioners and the Secretary of State.

An example of close liaison and involvement with faith communities would be the ‘Faith in One City’ concerts of music by composers of given religious affiliation which our partner organisation Ensemble Liverpool (a group of fully professional recital musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) gave in both Cathedrals in 2004.

Renewal and Regeneration:
In the year 2,000 we published the Hope Street Papers, a dialogue on ‘Art at the Heart’ of inner-city regeneration. We have over the past ten years consistently lobbied, and indeed produced quite detailed plans, for the improvement of the public realm in our Quarter. The support of the Cathedrals in this process has been invaluable, and over time the City authorities have come to understand why such improvement is so important. We have now been told that work on these improvements will actually start in Spring 2005. HOPES is also leading the development of a public art route representing many interests in Hope Street.

Profile and Advocacy:
We have close links with many national organisations, such as the British Urban Regeneration Association, the Conservation Foundation, the National Campaign for the Arts and the St. William’s Foundation, as well as connections with government bodies such as the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and regional and sub-regional groups like the North-West Business Leadership Forum, Liverpool Vision, ‘Stop the Rot’ and many others. We also work to nurture the knowledge economy in and around our Quarter, whether this be Big Science, large arts organisations, or smaller-scale bodies. This work is central to local economic growth and benefit.

Everything we do is focussed on building a genuinely inclusive and forward-looking sense of Community Spirit shared by all partners in the area between our two great Cathedrals!

Hilary Burrage,
Hon Chair, HOPES: The Hope Street Association