Liverpool’s Mysterious Williamson Tunnels

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Beneath the streets of Liverpool, an enigmatic network of 200-year-old tunnels stretches for miles.

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Built by eccentric tobacco merchant Joseph Williamson, there are theories that the tunnels were meant as an employment project, smuggling routes, or even the hideout of an apocalypse cult.

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They remained derelict, filled with rubble and refuse, until archaeological investigations were carried out in 1995.

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Since then excavations have been carried out and part of the labyrinth of tunnels has been opened to the public as a heritage centre.

However, their true purpose — or even a fully-mapped understanding of where they lead — are still unknown.

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