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Woolton Quarries History
Quarrying in Woolton has taken place in a number of locations: School Lane, Quarry Street and Woolton Hill Road, from where stone was taken for some of Woolton’s finest buildings.
The quarries know as North and South Quarries produced sandstone, most famously latterly for the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Quarrying in a major way dates from the early 1800s, with the name of James Rose figuring large, and many local buildings were built in the local stone. When work on the Anglican cathedral was officially finished, the North quarry closed soon after in 1978.
Just a few buildings made from Woolton stone include Woolton Hall, Stoneleigh, Beaconsfield and Gateacre Grange. There are other quarrying locations as well, notably adjacent to Reynolds Park, in Woolton Hill Road.
Whereas most sources say that the 'Quarrymen' were named after John Lennon's school. Original member Peter Shotton says that a reason they chose that name is because of the massive stone Quarry in Woolton, situated off Quarry Street. Pete said, "Since our native Woolton was pocked with sandstone quarries, and most of us attended Quarry Bank School, The Quarrymen seemed as good a choice as any." So in that sense, living in the shadow of the quarry, they were also 'Quarrymen'.

The area of the north quarry has now been naturally colonised with an extensive array of flora and fauna. In the past 40 years it has been made available at special request for botanical and archaeological research purposes but sadly due to its steep, sheer sides, it is not open to public access.

Having known of the tunnel for a few years, we finally went to check it out whilst in the area.

We had good fun going down the steep slope to the tunnel on a cold frosty morning. Once we entered the tunnel it felt quite humid. It gave a real feeling of stepping into local history and the hard graft undertaken to create it. Even though it’s not long due to it being blocked off it does make you curious to where it leads to, maybe to the other quarry?
Explored With Georgie.











The part where the tunnel has been blocked off.

Lots of this loops line the tunnel




Near the entrance is this strange arrangement of stones.


Thanks for looking.​
 

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Interesting stuff.

You didn't find Kurt or John down there by any chance???!!!
 

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It's much more exciting after a few pints in the pub, wearing a headtorch!!!

The tunnel actually rises upwards as you go along it (as well as bending to the right), apparently it used to emerge through a hatch at the top of the ledge which you would have stood on before descending down the slope into the quarry (over to the left after you've hopped over the wall by the gate). I haven't managed to find any evidence of the hatch though.
 

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Interesting stuff.

You didn't find Kurt or John down there by any chance???!!!
Thanks :)
Good pictures, I wasn't aware that this even existed.
Thanks,not many people do.
It's much more exciting after a few pints in the pub, wearing a headtorch!!!

The tunnel actually rises upwards as you go along it (as well as bending to the right), apparently it used to emerge through a hatch at the top of the ledge which you would have stood on before descending down the slope into the quarry (over to the left after you've hopped over the wall by the gate). I haven't managed to find any evidence of the hatch though.
Thanks for the info,its solved the mystery for us at last.
 

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I lived in quarry street for aa few yrs and still live nearby but knew nothing about this place......
It's not actually on Quarry Street. There are two quarries on Quarry St (both now have housing in them with the sheer quarry walls as a backdrop), and the two almost merge save for a narrow, high sandstone pinnacle that runs between them, atop which is a path linking Quarry Street and Church Road. The path is called Mill Stile, and is quite interesting in itself - it's named after a former windmill that once stood at the Church Road end (presumably where Mill House and Mill Cottage now stand). And Mill Stile could almost be called Woolton's very own Crib Goch - if it weren't for the boundary walls either side keeping pedestrians safe from the vertical drops!

But I digress. The quarry that kevsy explored in his post is a completely different one off Woolton Hill Road. Whilst it does lie north of Quarry St, I can see why you might have got confused by him calling it 'North Quarry' as North Quarry and South Quarry would tend to be used to distinguish the two on Quarry St (which are of the same age as each other, having provided the stone for the Anglican Cathedral).

The Woolton Hill Road one is a lot older than either Quarry Street quarry, hence it's now heavily overgrown. You couldn't have seen trees the height of the ones you can see in kevsy's second photo sprouting up since 1978 (Quote from his post: "When work on the Anglican cathedral was officially finished, the North quarry closed soon after in 1978.") The reference to quarrying starting in the early 1800s probably relates to this quarry.

With regards to the 'Quarrymen' reference, I'm sure I read somewhere a reference to John Lennon in his youth having explored the very tunnel in the old quarry that kevsy has more recently discovered. There weren't any initials 'JL' carved into the tunnel walls were there? (Imagine the shenanigans if the Magical Mystery tours starting trying to take Japanese tourists down there!!)
 
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