Members meetings 2020 – Important Announcement

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A few weeks ago, we announced that we had changed the location of our monthly members meetings to give easier access for our members attending our meetings.

We agreed with the owners of Grand Central Hall on Renshaw Street, Liverpool to hold our meetings in Bar Racine. Sadly, we have been contacted by the owners, just over a week before the first meeting, with the news that they had sold Bar Racine and that we can no longer hold our meetings there.

This is devastating news, which leaves us more than a little panicked to get a meeting location confirmed.

In the interim, we have arranged for the February and March meeting to be in the The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BT. See the location map of the Quaker Meeting House

We are urgently seeking a replacement venue for our meetings, so please watch this space for news on future meetings.

The Trustees and volunteers apologise for unavoidable problem.

FoWT win yet another award…

Wow, you wait years for an award then 2 come along at once! Following our amazing award last week, we were delighted to be notified today that we had received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

“We’re pleased to announce that Williamson’s Tunnels – Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels has been recognised with a 2019 Certificate of Excellence, based on the consistently great reviews you’ve earned on the world’s largest travel site.”

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This is actually our second certificate off TripAdvisor, having already received the same in 2018

This of course is wonderful news, however we could not have done it without the support and hard work of our volunteers and of course the wonderful feedback from our visitors.

New Tunnel update…

You will no doubt have read that we recently discovered a new rock cut tunnel within the Banqueting Hall. This small tunnel leads from the trench in the Banqueting Hall floor, through the bedrock wall and into yet another chamber. We have long suspected that there could be another chamber or passage alongside the Banqueting Hall. So the discovery of this was very exciting indeed. Joseph Williamson’s long lost subterranean World continues giving up its secrets.

The rock cut tunnel is around 3ft deep, extending into the bedrock wall of the Banqueting Hall. We have managed to get just inside this chamber, though we were initially asked not to dig the infill out from within the chamber until it was established that the brick built arched roof was complete and of course safe. We are delighted to report that we have completed the required method statement and risk assessments to enable us to dig out the infill in a safe and controlled manner so that the arched roof can be examined for safety. Once we know that the roof is complete and safe, we will of course aim to empty the chamber.

However, first impression suggests that the arch is intact and safe. We sent a GoPro camera up to the top of the roof on a long pole to get a good look at the roof and to our surprise, there is yet another nice sandstone arched tunnel as can be seen in the video.

So where might this arch take us? Well we would like to think it will take us to the long lost Great Tunnel. It is possible, given this chamber’s depth of approximately 37ft below ground level. Time will tell…

It will take us quite a while to empty the infill from inside, giving us full access to the chamber. Though we will of course update you with news on this dig as and when we have it. So stay tuned to Twitter, Facebook and of course right here for updates.

Williamson’s Tunnels reach Australia…

The full Chanel 7 News Video is here for you to watch.

Or you can view the full Channel 7 News Sydney Facebook post

Or you can view the full Channel 7 News Melboure Facebook post

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Rex being filmed excavating Williamson’s Bay Window.

We were delighted to be contacted by Laurel Irving, Europe Correspondent for Channel 7 News Australia with a request to visit FoWT and run a story about Williamson and the Tunnels.

Well a few weeks ago, Laurel and Photographer, Charlie came to Williamson’s house site and spent the day with us. As ever, they were amazed by what they saw, not expecting to see such amazing Subterranean structures at Paddington and on Mason Street.

It is always very interesting watching a film crew at work and Laurel and Charlie were no exception.

This excellent short video went out on the 6pm News throughout Australia on Saturday 30th June 2018.

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Deep in the Banqueting Hall, hauling the buckets up.
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Filming down in the New Tunnel.
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Laurel and Charlie filming in Paddington.

Channel 7 News Sydney. Their Twitter post.

Newly discovered Rock Cut Tunnel found in the Banqueting Hall

To view the video in full screen, view directly on YouTube: https://youtu.be/7TbZG-ucD_g

Last month in our Banqueting Hall update we said about the discovery of a deep trench that we thought would go across the Banqueting Hall towards the opposite wall.

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The New Find, still yet to be completely emptied

We have always suspected that on the other side of the Banqueting Hall wall, there is in fact another chamber or passage which was suggested on Army Plans, see our Map. So what is this chamber, where will it take us and will it be filled in with infill just like Paddington and Banqueting Hall were? We hope to know soon…

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Looking down from the Scaffoling tower, showing the Trench and the New Tunnel in the wall of the Banqueting Hall.

Well I am delighted to report that having continued to excavate this trench, to the far side we have in fact found a long lost tunnel in the wall of the Banqueting Hall.

The trench looks to have been designed to include a brick arch roof across the top, but not for its entire length. Though it is not certain that this Arch was ever fitted. Half way along the trench, there is a junction which heads back towards the Gash. This has yet to be emptied, but will be working on doing this in the next few weeks. The trench continues across the Banqueting Hall from the “Gothic Arch” to the New Tunnel and in this distance the floor level of the trench slopes down, quite steeply at the Tunnel end. It is quite probable that this trench would have been a water drainage channel.

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Looking back towards the Gothic Arch from within the New Tunnel. You can see the Gothic Arch above the scaffolding Tower.

The Tunnel itself is approx. 5ft high, extending into the Bedrock Wall of the Banqueting Hall for around 3ft. where at its end is a brick wall. The interesting thing about this wall is that it appears to have been bricked up from not within the Banqueting Hall but the other side of the Tunnel in the Chamber or passage beyond…

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The New Tunnel from within the Trench…

At the end of the day, we tried to drill through the wall to see through to other side, though unfortunately our drill wasn’t long enough.

Watch this space to see what is on the other side of the Banqueting Hall Wall and where this tunnel will lead us…

You can take a look at the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels YouTube Channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdOOqkXNOck83yOPiYAHLkw