Liverpool History Society Questions

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Gladys Aylward’s Chinese Gospel Mission

20 Nelson Street

Gladys Aylward


for years I have been trying to bring about a plaque @ 20 Nelson Street to commemorate the opening there of Gladys Aylward‘s Chinese Gospel Mission in 1958.

I think I have found one of the Chinese adopted by Gladys;he is pastor of a Chinese church in Ambler,Pennsylvania.

I am keen to know of English and Chinese individuals,organisations and pub- lications likely to be interested in this subject.Can you help?.


29/07/2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. With the communist takeover of China, Gladys Aylward and other missionaries had to leave. Christianity was suppressed. In the past few years its been discovered that the church in China not only survived, but enjoyed dramatic growth. It is estimated that between the Communist takeover in 1949 and the mid-1980s the church in China grew from 800,000 to as many as an estimated 50 million.

    This is one of the greatest surges of growth in all of Christian history.

    Rob Ainsworth
    Liverpool History Society

    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 29/07/2011 | Reply

  2. Hi Freddo,

    I’ve been working on the history of the Liverpool Chinese Community for a number of years as part of the new Museum of Liverpool project and hoped to include more information about the Gospel Mission (before moving to its present building) but was unable to find any images. Do you have any? 20 Nelson Street was also home to the Chinese Republican Progress Club which opened in 1941, attended by Ambassador Wellington Koo.

    The present day mission may be interested in a plaque or more details about Gladys Aylward?

    Best wishes,


    Comment by Francesca Aiken | 29/07/2011 | Reply

  3. Hi Freddo,

    For accuracy, it’s essential that you establish the precise date on which the Mission was opened because it certainly wasn’t in 1958. I wonder if you’d confused its opening date with the year in which Gladys Aylward’s life was filmed (The Inn of the Sixth Happiness).

    If you, Freddo, is the same person as Fred O’Brien in another similar posting under Yahoo Answers, then please be advised I’d separately emailed you a fortnight ago with my reasons why 1958 is inaccurate. However, I have yet to receive an acknowledgement from you.

    M Wong

    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 13/01/2012 | Reply

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