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    Default Anglican cathedral cemetery tunnel

    ..you know the bricked up one down in

    the corner: does it emerge on that screened-off patch of wasteground on Pilgrim St.? Is it a Williamson?

    Also, do we have an underground disused

    Victorian 'street' somewhere? I once saw a drawing of it in a book from Central Lib. Seemed to suggest it had at one point been kitted out with the usual


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    ..you know the bricked up one down in the corner: does it emerge on that screened-off patch of wasteground on Pilgrim St.? Is it a Williamson?



    Also, do we have an underground disused Victorian 'street' somewhere? I once saw a drawing of it in a book from Central Lib. Seemed to suggest it

    had at one point been kitted out with the usual gaslamps and street furniture of the time...
    Haven't heard of a tunnel there, apart from the

    one cut through the rock that leads to the Oratory.
    All the Williamson Tunnels are in the one area.
    Haven't heard of a Victorian street buried in

    Liverpool, but there is definitely one in Southport.
    Nevill Street, which leads to the pier, once had a subway in the centre of the road, complete with

    shops. It was all filled in about 1903.

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    [QUOTE=PhilipG;23467]Haven't heard of a tunnel there, apart from the

    one cut through the rock that leads to the Oratory.
    All the Williamson Tunnels are in the one area.


    Really? It's quite well known. Once

    you've reached the cemetery down the path, through the short little tunnel you mention, you just double back in the direction you've just come from,into

    the cemetery, and a bricked-up entrance to a tunnel forms the Northerly(?) corner of it.
    I smoked my first spliff there with my first ever girlfriend in

    1990!

    As for the cobbled Victorian tunnel I'm talking about, it's possible I MAY have got it confused with the Wapping one. I need to do some

    extra research on that one..

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    Just had a look at the

    book "Underground Liverpool" by Jim Moore (Bluecoat Press, 1998).
    He isn't sure about it but says this:
    "It has been suggested that this was the

    quarrymen's route but the author has been unable to find any reference to it. The stone may have been loaded onto carts and taken under St James Mount,

    presumably into what was St James Road and is now the open area near the west door of the cathedral. Horwood's map of 1803 shows a second stone quarry to

    the west on what was once Rathbone Street. Could this quarrymen's tunnel have emerged in this old quarry? Exactly where it went we cannot now be sure.

    This tunnel may have become disused and bricked up when construction of the cathedral commenced."
    End of quote.

    So, nothing definite

    there.
    I've had the book for a few years, but never got as far as reading that part.
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