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    After living on this earth for 30 years, I've finally seen the inside of Wavertree Lock-Up today. Only open for 4 hours a year, I had the chance to take a nose inside.

    While I took a load of pictures, you can get an idea of it from my youtube video.


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    What I wasn't expecting was a single stone floor. There was a very good story from my late grandfather that said that the Lock-Up was merely an entrance to an underground prison/cellar system which covered the entire green that the lock-up sits on.

    I've never heard of this yet have done extensive history and research in to Wavertree - even contacted the Wavertree Society over this too.

    Does anyone have any evidence to prove that this was the case at all? I know all of the history around the Lock-Up and the laws of the green but the interior of the building is very small to lay more than a few people down at a time.

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=FL-83XbQs_A

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    Excellent, I've never seen inside there until now
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    An interesting video.
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    Very interesting, Cadfael. Thanks! My impression is that the lock-up was pretty much what you saw from the outside, a "one room" cell as it were so it would greatly surprise me if there was any underground warren of cells. I should think its main use was probably a place to allow drunks to sleep it off during the night or to shut up an abusive husband or a thug. I wonder how many people might have been in there at any one time? There must be records somewhere or mentions in someone's correspondence. An interesting question this, Cadfael.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadfael View Post
    There was a very good story from my late grandfather that said that the Lock-Up was merely an entrance to an underground prison/cellar system which covered the entire green that the lock-up sits on.
    What a good subject for the Folklore and Oddities section.
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    Great video, allways wondered what it looked like inside.
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