Williamson Tunnels – A Liverpool Heritage Open Day Visit

Sheila, Jen and I took the opportunity last Sunday to visit the Paddington Tunnels being excavated by the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels. This site is not normally open to the public and is both separate from and run by a different group to the one which is a regularly open and ‘brown’ signposted in Liverpool.

Their web site is at:-

www.williamsontunnels.com/

A guided tour of around 45 minutes took us three levels down below ground level into brick vaulted tunnels. The work of the volunteers is impressive and extensive as all the tunnels had been back-filled with builders rubble and ash.

Quite a number of artifacts have been unearthed during the excavations.

No one really knows why Joseph Williams paid men to build the tunnels but they span a significant part of the City of Liverpool with the full extent of them still being unknown.

Here are a few shots I took on the day:-

Jen examines artifacts in hard hat an hi-vis jacket

Jen examines artifacts in hard hat an hi-vis jacket

Claire our guide. Behind her are the steps down to the tunnels and at the side a skip full of ash excavated by volunteers.

Claire our guide. Behind her are the steps down to the tunnels and at the side a skip full of ash excavated by volunteers.

Down in the depths, visitors get the grand tour.

Down in the depths, visitors get the grand tour.