THE GREATER ELLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
ANNUAL TRIP JUNE 2013
On Saturday 8th June 32 members and friends set off from Elland for the Annual trip to Liverpool calling first at the Williamson Tunnels in Edge Hill …. A labyrinth of tunnels built by Joseph Williamson between 1800 and 1840 which were rediscovered in the 1990’s and excavated by volunteers over the years. The purpose of the tunnels is still relatively unclear although Williamson, rather than lay his workers off, paid them to build these peculiar underground brick shafts so that in his words…
‘All received a weekly wage and were thus enabled to enjoy the blessing of charity without the attendant curse of stifled self respect’….
We arrived at Edge Hill at 9-45 and were split into two groups and taken through the tunnels separately. The guided tour took 40 minutes followed by refreshments in the cafeteria….the Williamson Tunnels are a wonderful experience and with the excavations being a ‘work in progress’ another visit in a few years is certainly a possibility.
At 11-30 we left the Williamson Tunnels for the short journey to the World famous Albert Dock in the shadow of the Royal Liver building one of the ‘Three Graces’ for a few hours of wall to wall museum visiting and drinking in the delights of the last day of the ‘Liverpool Regatta’…..
Unfortunately Liverpool requires more than the 4 hours we had to explore and see everything this wonderful vibrant city has to offer but it was certainly enough time to visit the Liverpool Museum, the Titanic exhibition, the Museum of British Slavery, the Fab Four Store, the Superlambanana and the Billy Fury statue not to mention the Tate Gallery and Maritime Museum. A great day was had by all and the coach and driver supplied by the excellent ‘Yelloways’ made the whole experience pleasurable.
Many thanks to all the members and families and friends who made the trip a great success once again.