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.....News added on 29th October 2003.....

Digging continues in south tunnels

FoWT volunteer diggers have been pressing ahead of late with attempts to reach the true depth of the 'corner' or 'south' tunnel within the Heritage Centre. This is next to the famous 'double tunnel' and is the first section which visitors to the Centre see. Recent visitors may have caught them clearing rubble from what is now a chasm almost 30 feet high from floor to ceiling. Much of the rubble cleared is shipped weekly to the Gardens Dept. of nearby Liverpool University to use on their nursery plots.
Diggers hard at work in the 'south tunnel'
Diggers hard at work in the 'south tunnel'


The Tunnels on 'Restoration'

The Williamson Tunnels were featured in the BBC's very popular 'Restoration' series in August. Although they didn't qualify for inclusion in the competition to win funding, the producers were sufficiently impressed during their visit to the tunnels earlier in the year to decide to include them in the weekly follow-up programme 'Restoration Secrets' on BBC4.


BBC Restoration in the tunnels
BBC Restoration in the tunnels
In a four-minute slot at the end of the programme, presenter Dr. Jonathan Foyle described the tunnels as 'one of the most bizarre and improbable architectural sites that I've ever heard of'. On entering the Banqueting Hall, pictured above, he declared it 'the most insane thing I've seen'.


FoWT objects to development

Friends of Williamson's Tunnels has lodged a formal objection to the proposed development of a six-storey apartment block along the frontage of the former Stable Yard on Smithdown Lane. The building proposed would stand directly in front of the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, blocking visibility of the Double Tunnel and potentially damaging other tunnels we believe to run underneath the area. We understand that a further significant number of objections to the plan have been submitted.


New arrival at Stables

New uses suggested for the old Lord Mayor's stables which surround the entrance to the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre have ranged from business units to craft workshops. In the end, though, you can't beat tradition so it was a pleasure to see the horse 'Pop' take up residence in August. Pop and his keeper, Joe James, pictured right, will be leading a new fleet of horse-drawn carriages in Liverpool. The carriages will pick people up from locations such as the city's Adelphi Hotel and take them on enjoyable rides to various locations around town. Future plans should see several horses and their carriages based at the Centre, making quite a sight for visitors to the tunnels.

'Pop' the horse at his new home
'Pop' the horse at his new home