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Mysterious labyrinth of tunnels beneath Liverpool unearthed by volunteers
BBC ^ | Mar5ch 10, 2013 | Dan Curtis

Posted on 03/13/2013 8:40:57 AM PDT by Thurifer the Censer

Volunteers in Liverpool are giving up their free time to clear out a mysterious labyrinth of tunnels that lurk beneath the city's Edge Hill area. The tunnels were built and conceived in the early 19th century by eccentric businessman Joseph Williamson, who paid soldiers returning from the Napoleonic war to build them. No records were kept of how far they stretch, nor which direction they go in.

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TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; josephwilliamson; liverpool; napoleonicwars; unitedkingdom
I am fascinated by the achievements of madmen.
1 posted on 03/13/2013 8:40:58 AM PDT by Thurifer the Censer
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To: Thurifer the Censer

So, you are a follower of Bammy?


2 posted on 03/13/2013 8:44:21 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Thurifer the Censer; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson

3 posted on 03/13/2013 8:49:45 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Carry That Weight)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

You might also like what happens in underground paris... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFC6VmncWaE


4 posted on 03/13/2013 8:50:55 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: martin_fierro

Sounds like that’s where the Everton players were hiding after their disastrous FA Cup match this past weekend.


5 posted on 03/13/2013 8:51:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Thurifer the Censer

http://www.williamsontunnels.co.uk/view.php?page=about


6 posted on 03/13/2013 8:53:41 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Thurifer the Censer
I am fascinated by the achievements of madmen.

Sounds like he was more of a "prepper" than a madman.

He was born in 1769. He would have been in his 20's during the French Revolution and the Terror. He probably thought there was at least a chance of rebellion, riot, or "civil unrest" at some point in his lifetime, or his children's lifetimes.

For a wealthy person, having an escape tunnel in case of serious trouble makes a lot of sense.

7 posted on 03/13/2013 8:58:44 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Thurifer the Censer; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson
Volunteers in Liverpool are giving up their free time to clear out a mysterious labyrinth of tunnels that lurk beneath the city's Edge Hill area.

I'm Down

The Friends of the Williamson Tunnels are removing the results of decades of Victorian "fly-tipping", hoping one day to expose tunnels which they believe could stretch for miles.

Searchin'

The tunnels were built and conceived in the early 19th century by eccentric businessman Joseph Williamson, who paid soldiers returning from the Napoleonic war to build them. No records were kept of how far they stretch, nor which direction they go in.

Long, Long, Long

After Williamson's death in 1840, the tunnels fell into disrepair. The site currently being cleared was filled with over 100 years' worth of ash and debris from a local bakery.

Fixing a Hole

BBC News was given a tour by volunteers who explained why they are so intrigued by Williamson's weird and wonderful world.

Magical Mystery Tour
Tell Me What You See

8 posted on 03/13/2013 9:03:28 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Madman)
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To: martin_fierro

It took them down a long and winding road.


9 posted on 03/13/2013 9:05:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

For No One


10 posted on 03/13/2013 9:10:00 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Is that where they buried Paul.


11 posted on 03/13/2013 9:11:14 AM PDT by Never on my watch (GALT)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Sir Alex Ferguson dug the tunnels, not this guy. All the better to undermine LFC, not that Liverpool needs any help being undermined, lately.


12 posted on 03/13/2013 9:13:27 AM PDT by AnAmericanInEngland
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Careful, lest the dragon be awoke.


13 posted on 03/13/2013 9:16:47 AM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Too bad the tunnels wheren’t open during the Blitz!


14 posted on 03/13/2013 9:17:25 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Rebelbase

Shades of Vortigern and Merlin


15 posted on 03/13/2013 9:20:27 AM PDT by Thurifer the Censer (If you can see the altar, there's not enough smoke)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

maybe they’ll find jimmy Hoffa


16 posted on 03/13/2013 10:12:03 AM PDT by k4gypsyrose
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To: All

The Williamson tunnels are definitely worth a tour.

The last of the Liverpool City Council horse yards was next door and some of the stuff dumped in the tunnels was horse ***.

An easy way to get rid of it...:^)


17 posted on 03/13/2013 10:14:05 AM PDT by az_gila
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To: Thurifer the Censer
I knew about Liverpool's abandoned L&MR tunnels, but not these.

Amateur tunnelling was apparently popular in early 19th Century Britain. There is a story that George Stephenson was startled as he was walking through part of an uncompleted railway tunnel, having been hailed by an enthusiastic amateur tunneler who had managed to dig down to the arch of the tunnel. There were formidable eccentrics in those days.

Mr. niteowl77

18 posted on 03/13/2013 10:18:34 AM PDT by niteowl77 (Oh, crap.)
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To: Thurifer the Censer; Perdogg; blam

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Thurifer the Censer.

Maybe he had to hide his love away.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


19 posted on 03/13/2013 7:13:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The Si-Fan.


20 posted on 03/13/2013 7:38:54 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator, Rand Paul for President in 2016)
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To: Perdogg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon’s_planned_invasion_of_the_United_Kingdom

http://www.victorianlondon.org/thames/thamestunnel.htm

http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/c/channel_tunnel_1880_attempt/index.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_city#United_Kingdom

and from a fruitbat source:

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread918547/pg1


21 posted on 03/13/2013 7:51:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Boy is that interesting.

What is fly-tipping?


22 posted on 03/13/2013 9:50:13 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

What is fly-tipping?


Usually 18% if the service is good.


23 posted on 03/13/2013 9:57:55 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: dfwgator

Probably constructed so the populace can hide their stuff after ‘going out on the rob’.

(Liverpool has a reputation for thievery, loveable roguery at best, mass dishonesty at worst)


24 posted on 04/10/2013 3:10:05 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: AnAmericanInEngland

Gerrard is well past his best, and if Carragher is a legend and Liverpool great, then I am the love child of ET and Hitler.


25 posted on 04/10/2013 3:11:04 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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