The Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre is dedicated to 19th Century merchant and philanthropist John Williamson and the labyrinthine tunnels that he constructed under the Edge Hill area of the city.
Williamson was largely secretive about the purpose of these tunnels, which has led to some speculation about the exact purpose. Williamson employed hundreds of men to work on the tunnels over a period of a few decades, and he is reported to have told friends that the main reason for building the tunnels was to provide some form of employment for the poor. However, some of his critics have suggested that there must have been another reason for commissioning these tunnels.
The Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre offers visitors guided tours of some of the safe areas of the tunnels. On these tours, visitors will have the opportunity to find out more about the life, works and eccentricities of John Williamson. In many respects, Williamson was a very secretive man, but the team at the Heritage Centre have been able to uncover a lot of fascinating facts about him. These facts will help you to shed some light on his motives for creating this amazing network of tunnels.
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