A new Journey of a Bucket


Several years ago, we made our Journey of a Bucket video. In it, we filmed the progress of one of our hundreds of buckets, from being filled down in the depths of Paddington’s Level 4 through its journey to the skip.

We decided to do a similar video but this time in the Subterranean chambers of Joseph Williamson’s House. This time, we filmed how we are currently getting our buckets of infill out from the Magnet Chamber, into the Banqueting Hall and then up to the surface.

You can watch both the original and new Journey of a Bucket video’s here.

We hope you enjoyed both of these videos, you can see even more of our videos on the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels YouTube Channel



360° Virtual Tour of the tunnels

We often get asked by people who can not visit the tunnels themselves, “Do you have a virtual tour of the Tunnels?” Although we have never had a virtual tour, we regularly publish lots of still photographs on our web site, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

However, this is about to change. We are pleased to announce that work has started on creating a series of interactive, online 360° photographs. Trustee Chris has started creating a series of 360° Virtual Reality views of the Tunnels. So far, only a few have been completed, but the aim is to create 360° images of all sections of tunnels, giving as many views of our chambers as possible, for all to see.

With these images, you can scroll around, up and down, viewing each chamber in any direction you wish. Of course, most people that have visited before, would agree that even these 360° views are still no match to actually seeing the chambers with your own eyes. but if you are not in a position to visit, for whatever reason, hopefully they will be the next best thing.

We do hope you enjoy these VR images of FoWT’s Tunnel network. Pop back to this post periodically for updates as we update it with new 360° views as they get done.

Joseph Williamson’s house site, Mason Street

Wine Bins

This view is from just inside the entrance to the Wine Bins, with the lovely elliptical arch clearly visible.

This view is from the steps underneath the Bishops Mitre arch, looking over the wall into the cistern chamber and back towards the entrance.

Sandstone Arch & Gash

The Top of the Gash, leading down from the Sandstone Arch, continuing down the Gash into the bowls of the Banqueting Hall.

A view looking back towards the Sandstone Arch and down into the entrance of the Gash, which leads down further into the Banqueting Hall

Banqueting Hall

This is a view inside the Banqueting Hall, with the main chamber at one end, the trench visible and the Gash slopping down into the trench.

This view is taken from within the trench, looking up the Gash at one end, then around to show the Rock Cut arch cut into the wall of the Banqueting Hall. This we think will lead us into the Great Tunnel in the future.

New Chamber, along side the Banqueting Hall

This view is taken from the bottom of the trench, and within the small Rock Cut Tunnel entrance. with view bak into the Banqueting hall and the New Chamber.

This view is taken from the New Chamber, showing the entrance down below and the nice Stone Arch wich is now quite high up

This view is taken from within the New Chamber where work is currently being undertaken.

Paddington Site

This view is taken from within the Boote Chamber in Level 3 Paddington, Williamson’s Classic Arch Shapes nicely visible.

This view is taken from within Level 3 Paddington, The arch where the amazing view down into Level 4 can be seen is on the left.

This view is taken from within Level 3 Paddington, This view looks around Level 3, and down into the Cathedral Like Chamber of Level 4.

This view is taken from the bottom of our new staircase that allows access from Level 3 down into Level 4 of Paddington.

The view within the amazing Level 4 Paddington, some 60ft below gound level.

The view within the amazing Level 4 Paddington, some 60ft below gound level.

You can also view these same 360° images on Kuula or Flickr

Please note: To view this 360° content, click on the image. It is possible that these 360° images may not work in all Web browsers, such as Chrome on Android. If you do receive the error “Failed to load the VR scene” (or similar) when trying to view the images, try using a different Web browser.

A proud day, FoWT Win Tourism Award

Having been shortlisted for the Liverpool City Region, Tourism Awards 2019 we sought your help in getting votes for the big Award Ceremony in Liverpool Cathedral.

On Thursday 16th May 2019, the big day arrived, FoWT Chairman Gordon and Trustee Chris attended the Awards.  If you have ever visited the cathedral before, I am sure you will appreciate what an amazing building this is. There were bars, and the dining area with a stage and 3 very large screens.

The spectacular cathedral set for the Tourism Awards 2019

The spectacular cathedral set for the Tourism Awards 2019

We sat down at our table, along with other hopeful’s, from Cafe Tabac, Bold Street and Shore Cottage Studio, Thurstaston, Wirral. We enjoyed a complimentary Liverpool gin and tonic, which was very nice indeed. Then we had the most delightful 3 course meal.

Our Table and view of the proceedings

Finally, with the suspense building, the awards began. the compare on the night was Andi Oliver, television and radio broadcaster who you may remember from the “Great British Menu” or “Saturday Kitchen” on the BBC.

Andi Oliver, TV & radio broadcaster from BBC’s “Great British Menu” or “Saturday Kitchen”.

The award ceremony commenced, and some time later, the “Hidden Gem” award was announced. We were quite nervous at this point with anticipation. Then this happened…

Video Curtesy of “Marketing Liverpool” 

The announcement was made, FoWT won the award, we cheered along with many other people in the crowd. Winning this was most definitely unexpected, as there were other contenders in for the Hidden Gem category that were just as deserving of this award. However, FoWT had received the most votes from the public, our supporters and members.  We had won!

Gordon and Chris were then taken to the stage, were Andi Oliver congratulated us and presented us with our trophy.

Gordon Hunter & Chris Iles receiving our award on behalf of FoWT (Picture: Liverpool City Region – Local Enterprise Partnership

Hidden Gem A
Gordon and Chris receiving our award from Andi Oliver (Picture: Liverpool City Region – Local Enterprise Partnership

Our Treasured award back on our table…

What a proud day that was for FoWT, not just for Chris and Gordon receiving the award, but also for every single volunteer that has helped dig in the tunnels over the years and the committee and Trustees who have worked tirelessly in the background since 1996.

LCR Tourism awards 2019.Picture by Gareth Jones
LCR Tourism awards 2019. (Picture by Gareth Jones)

A very proud night indeed, and from now on I guess we can call ourselves the “Award Winning Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels” 😊.

You can view the Awards web site, and all the winners here:

Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2019

Booking a tour with FoWT

We have been receiving a growing number of glowing reviews on Trip Advisor from visitors. Thanks to all those wonderful reviews, we have made the Top Spot, No 1 of “Places to visit in Liverpool”. This has resulted in being awarded a certificate of excelence. Now Even more importantly, is our amazing Liverpool Tourism Award 2019 

As you can imagine, this has created quite a demand for visits, well beyond the numbers we have been used to in the past. We have been getting visitors from not only Liverpool, but from much further afield in the UK and amazingly abroad too. we are becoming a truly International phenomenon.

Head to our “Visit the Tunnels” page to book your tour on-line.

Whether you are a Non-member wishing to visit our amazing Cathedral like Paddington site.

Looking down into the amazing Cathedral like Chamber in Paddington


If you are a Member, or would like to become a member of FoWT, you can continue to do the Extended tour of the Tunnels. This includes in addition to Paddington, Joseph Williamson’s house, with its newly exposed Kitchen and surprising features, as well as its subterranean secrets below. These include the Wine Bins, the Sandstone Arch, the Gash and the famous Banqueting Hall.

This amazing View down into the nearly empty Banqueting Hall

You will find information on becoming a member on our web site Membership page or you can download our leaflet here.

One thing that hasn’t changed though: tours of our Paddington Site are still Free, whilst Members can visit as often as they like, in the year of their membership, also Free of Charge.

We do, however, welcome donations to enable our team of dedicated volunteers to continue their vital work in saving this important piece of Liverpool’s History & Heritage.

The Amazing Views of the Williamson’s Tunnels…


FoWT have two equally impressive and grand chambers, Paddington and the Banqueting Hall. Both of these chambers contained many Tons of Infill which has been painstakingly removed by hand by our volunteers. Now that the Banqueting Hall is almost empty, we can view these two great chambers side by side. These photographs, were taken at a similar angle, looking down from the chamber above to give a good idea of their size, scale and height.

The first of these chambers to be emptied is the astonishing cathedral like Level 4, deep in the depths of Paddington. This chamber is an amazing 40ft/12m high and extends down to an incredible depth of 60ft/18m below street level. At this depth, its base is below Liverpool’s water table and constantly fills with clean water, filtered through the sandstone. We finally finished emptying Paddington in Nov 2016 after 4 years of hard but very rewarding and fascinating work.

This new and never before seen view of the Banqueting Hall, shows the scale of this amazing chamber to be almost as staggering as Paddington’s Level 4. We are still working on emptying the Banqueting Hall at Williamson’s House site, however we are almost finished. If you have visited the Banqueting Hall, you will probably remember the huge mound of infill, just like a ski slope at the far end of the chamber. This mound has now gone, since we started our dig within the Banqueting Hall in June 2017. We should be finished in the next few weeks too.