Disused Railways
Disused Railways
A few photographs of disused railways in Liverpool. Mainly the original Liverpool & Manchester Railway terminus at Crown Street. Crown Street was open to passengers from 1830 to 1836 (when it was replaced by Lime Street as Liverpool's main terminus) but only closed to goods traffic in 1972.
Joseph Williamson's Tunnels
Joseph Williamson's Tunnels
This was an ad-hoc visit while I was looking at the old railways in the area. Joseph Williamson (1769 - 1840) was a local businessman and an eccentric. He bought land in the Edge Hill area of Liverpool to put good quality housing on it (he himself lived there) but it was riddled with quarry workings for the local sandstone. It seems that he started his "tunnels" by building arches over existing workings, but later he dug completely new tunnels under the area. Much of this was done by labourers as a form of job creation scheme. A Heritage Centre was opened in 2002, offering a museum and guided tours around part of the tunnels. Work on discovering and opening up tunnels is continuing. Many of them were filled with rubble or refuse and of course have been built over. One interesting tunnel to which access has not yet been found is a triple-decker which was cut across by the building in 1836 of the current Edge Hill - Lime Street railway cutting/tunnel; stone blocks show where the tunnels were, in amongst the cut stone of the railway cutting wall.