below the surface in liverpool

Bookings are now being taken to enter the mysterious underground Williamson’s Tunnels [1]. As described by the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels, they are a labyrinth of tunnels and underground caverns in Liverpool that were built in the first few decades of the 1800’s by a retired tobacco merchant called Joseph Williamson. Although there are many theories, the reason for their construction is not known with any certainty. The Friends website suggests that they may have been constructed from pure philanthropy, offering work to the unemployed of the district, to religious extremism, the tunnels being an underground haven from a predicted Armageddon.

A public square named after Williamson can be found in the centre of Liverpool. Between 2004 and 2007 it was redesigned by landscape architect’s Camlins [2].

[1] http://www.williamsontunnels.com/membsnews.htm

[2] http://www.camlins.com/uploaded/1289394924_Williamsonsquare.pdf

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