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Lead or Rumour info - Under ground River Victoria Street Liverpool

holden

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#1
About two years ago i was called to a job beneath the The Living Room (a bar under Victoria Street in Liverpool). Underneath the building there was a large pit around 8m in diameter carved into the Sandstone bedrock. The owners had attempted to pump the water out but it had filled back up again. There was a cast iron pipe protruding from the centre of the pit. It looked as if the original historic owners had tapped into and underground river for a free water supply.

I was wondering if anyone else had more info on a underground river in the area.
 

Ordnance

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#2
Depends on how deep it is really, it could just be a well tapping into the water table, but 8 metres seems a bit wide?
 

The Kwan

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#3
I remember getting into the basement of the Tinlings building also in Victoria street and being struck by how it was flooded with about 6" of water so perhaps the water table is high.
 

holden

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#6
Depends on how deep it is really, it could just be a well tapping into the water table, but 8 metres seems a bit wide?
Maybe it is smaller than I remember - it was a over a year ago but its definitely 4m+.

Maybe the manger of The Living Rooms could be persuaded to let someone take another look.
 

Xan_Asmodi

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#7
It has been known for long forgotten wells to be rediscovered in Liverpool, and given the water table has been rising for years it seems even less surprising. One thing I am aware of is that in a similar manner to London's 'lost rivers' such as the Fleet, Liverpool culverted and diverted it's streams into the sewer system.

There are bits and pieces of information spread round and about, but nothing much that I can lay my hands on right now.
 

canute

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#8
I've come across something like that which was part soakaway, part fire-fighting reservoir. Got any photos?
 

skgogosfan

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#12
Depends on how deep it is really, it could just be a well tapping into the water table, but 8 metres seems a bit wide?
That is big ; shame the OP didn't grab a pic. The only thing I know about Victoria St. is the underground toilets that used to be in the road. They're the reason the building line steps back for no apparent reason at Cook St end. [afaik]

Dave.