..IN TO THE DARK SIDE...'
The Crypt is largely untouched and seemed to escape the fire pretty well with no real tell tale signs of fire damage. The entrance vestibule both sides took more of a hit, with the Bold Place entrance little more than a shell.
However, this side takes us to the 'lost liver bird' of Liverpool.
Discovered by chance, it is amazing to see this stained glass window still in situ after all this time, unseen since WW2.
This area of the Church is out of bounds to the public, but pictures have been reproduced below to show the lost crypt:
We now enter the crypt. Hidden from view by a metal door, not accessed by the general public, it gives a glimpse of the Church 'untouched' by the fire but still in a poor condition due to the weather getting in.
Pictures shows us under the steps at the corner of Berry Street/Leece Street. The view from one chamber between the next - the daylight is the metal grill at the top of the steps. Out of shot is also a coal hole. We also see one of the original boards from the Altar. Left alone and forgotten in time.
We see the other side of the crypt. We are now under the steps at the Berry Street/Bold Place side. We also see blocked up arches that would have led under the main steps of the Church...and further? Viewing the steps here to the section above, this side of the Church has been open to the elements since the fire. It is in a poor state and only to be visited with a hard hat and safety clothes/boots. Last of all - two hidden gems. The wooden window frame that looked into the body of the Church.
And of couse, one of the oldest Liver Birds known!
THE OFFICIAL ST LUKE'S BOMBED OUT CHURCH