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    Hey everyone.
    I thought we should have a definitive thread for all the tunnel discussion we have on here.


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    The tunnels discussed so far:
    1. Williamson Tunnels
    2. The Vines tunnels
    3. Baltic Fleet tunnels

    Anyone have anymore to add?
    Even rumours/stories you have heard would be interesting

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    I'll kick off with the rumoured tunnel from Childwall Hall to the Childwall Abbey.

    Having done some calculations on the gradient of the land, I don't think this would have ever existed. The gradient from what is now Mersey TV (where Childwall Hall once stood) to ground level at the Abbey is 47 foot - a measurement taken against the church tower and a light beam. Then give another 10ft or so to get in the celler system, you would have have a gradient of over 50 ft for just a short distance. Not a chance.

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    Have heard rumours for years about a tunnel that goes from the Olympia pub on West Derby road to the basement of the Olympia theatre. Heard this from numerous people in the area including a lad whose mate lived in the pub for years and someone who worked on the door of the theatre when it was the Locarno ballroom. Also stories of a lift that goes from the basement of the theatre up into the centre of the floor that was used to bring the animals up when it was a circus (Cages in the walls in the basement aswell) Dont know how much is true but it is very interesting and I love the theatre by the great theatre architect Frank Matcham

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    Quote Originally Posted by christy View Post
    Have heard rumours for years about a tunnel that goes from the Olympia pub on West Derby road to the basement of the Olympia theatre. Heard this from numerous people in the area including a lad whose mate lived in the pub for years and someone who worked on the door of the theatre when it was the Locarno ballroom. Also stories of a lift that goes from the basement of the theatre up into the centre of the floor that was used to bring the animals up when it was a circus (Cages in the walls in the basement aswell) Dont know how much is true but it is very interesting and I love the theatre by the great theatre architect Frank Matcham
    No tunnel from the theatre to the pub.
    It wasn't a lift for the animals in the centre of the ring, but the ring itself (the arena) could be hydraulically sunk into a pit and flooded with 80,000 gallons of water for aquatic displays.

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    Cheers for that mate, sounds amazing, have you been down into the basement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by christy View Post
    Cheers for that mate, sounds amazing, have you been down into the basement?
    No, unfortunately, but there is book about Frank Matcham where I got the info from.
    I once took a group of people round the Olympia, but we couldn't go into the basement.

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