.....News added on 10th April 2011
unearthed at Stable Yard site
|Further to our
previous report, recent weeks saw the
archaelogy team uncover more 'new' Williamson features at the Stable Yard site
at Smithdown Lane.
Photographs below show the
detail. It is extremely unfortunate that the archaeology work is taking place
in the context of a forthcoming building project on the site which will likely
cover up the new features for a generation, if not ruin them for
|On the left
the arched tunnel; on the right the foundations and cellars of the old
Smithdown Lane buildings, and in the background the Williamson Tunnels Heritage
Centre. Previous owners/developers of this plot shirked the issue when we
insisted that there would be tunnels here.
slightly further to the left, the astonishing discovery of a buried road.
Sloping down towards what must have been a side entrance into the famed Triple
Decker tunnel. Reports from Williamson's era describe roads sloping down from
Smithdown Lane into the tunnels, from which his workers would enter and leave.
This is the first time one of them has been seen in our lifetimes.
ground churned up by excavation, the threatened original stable blocks await
their fate. Of course, those who have been involved in the tunnels know the
potential for renovation of these buildings, but property developers do not and
we fear greatly that they may not survive the forthcoming