• Secret WW2 Tunnels of New Brighton Historic Tour

  • Fri, 25-08-2017 at 12:00
  • The Hidden History of New Brighton Tours
    The James Atherton
    CH45 2JD New Brighton
Secret WW2 Tunnels of New Brighton Historic Tour - The Hidden History of New Brighton Tours - Liverpool

During the Second World War, The Ministry of Defence had a Secret Munitons Factory Hidden Away beneath the New Brighton Palace in the old Smugglers Tunnels. Now we can Give you Exclusive access to visit these Tunnels and See for yourselfHidden Wirral Myths and Legends Presents... Secret WW2 Bunker & Tunnels of New Brighton Historic TourFriday 25th August 12pm till 1.30pm TourJoin Local Historian and Author Tony Franks-Buckley for an Exclusive Historic Walk and Special Trip Inside the Old Tunnels beneath New Brighton Palace introducing you to the History of The New Brighton Palace, the Old Munitions Factory. Air Raid Shelter and the Bombed Locations in New BrightonFor the First Time Since World War 2 We can now give you exclusive viewing of the Old World War 2 Munitions Machinery and the Underground Tunnels in New Brighton.During World War Two, between 1942 and 1944, the New Brighton Palace arcade was Depot 0616 of the U. S. Army: the cellars became an ammunition factory employing two hundred women, a base for fire watchers, and a communal air raid shelter, one entrance to which, a large iron grille, is still to be seen in Virginia Road at the back of the Palace. Now is your chance to view these old tunnels for yourself on a Special Historic Tour.Tickets Cost £7 Per Person and Limited spaces per tour, Advanced Bookings advised.Before New Brighton was even born, the area was known as Black Rock and was plagued by Pirates, Smugglers and Fisherman. The History of the New Brighton Palace is a fascinating one, the tunnels are said to go back over 200 Years to the Times of the Wreckers & Smugglers and were later redeveloped when the Palace was built. The tunnels were then used as a munitions factory during WW2 and later became a nightclub known as The Creep. You will be visiting the site of the old machines that are still located inside the Tunnels as well as experiencing a Historic walk retelling the Myths, Legends and Old Tales of the area and life during War Times. You will also learn the origins of the tunnels way back during the days of the Smugglers as we take you on a Historic Walk introducing you to the legends of the hidden passageways beneath New BrightonOn this Walk you will hear of:Wallasey at WarThe Secret WWII Munitions FactoryThe Old French Laundry BombingThe Sea FortsNew Brighton Tower Grounds TunnelsThe American Army ConnectionsThe Bidston Observatory Mapping of the D-Day LandingsFort Perch RockBomb Damage to New BightonNew Brighton in the 1940sEvacuation & SheltersLife in Victorian New BrightonThe Wormhole Caves ConnectionThe Red Noses ConnectionThe New Brighton Palace HistoryThe Wallasey Wreckers and Smugglers The Entertainment in New BrightonThe Creep NightclubAnd Much Much MoreThis is an exclusive opportunity that you will only be able to undertake with Hidden Wirral. Tour Capacity - 15 People Per TourTour Duration: Approx 1 Hour 30 MinsWheelchair Friendly – NoSuitable for Children – YesTicket Price £7 Transport - Local Bus and Train available to venue.Please Ensure you have a Coat or Umbrella Incase of RainIncase of Really Bad Weather the Entire tour will take place inside the Tunnels Via a PresentationThe meeting point is Starting & Finishing at The Old Creep Nightclub Entrance, The New Brighton Palace, Marine Promenade, Wallasey CH45 2JX . The Entrance is Located in the Alleyway between the Palace and Floral PavilionPlease Arrive at least 15 minutes before the stated time Tickets will be sent Direct to Your email Address via Payment Receipt and you can Print them off or Show us on Your mobile Phone. This is your Payment Receipt which states time and date of Tour.Tickets can be purchased by using your Credit/Debit card or by Paypal.Some Further History of The TunnelsThe Old Palace and the Floral Pavilion were built in 1880, opening on Whit Monday the next year. It included an aquarium, baths, a theatre, a ballroom said to have been the finest in England, an aviary, and a zoo. The Rise and Progress of Wallasey says that during the construction of the original building a pit was discovered which “revealed evidence that it had been used by smugglers and wreckers for the purpose of concealing their goods” and that possibly it hid something more sinister. A “sickening” stench emanated from the pit, and only the liberal use of disinfectants could eventually remove the contents so work could continue. According to local traditions, this is connected with the wreck of the Pelican in 1793, described in Chapter Five. The cavern was transformed into an underground waterway known as The Grotto, where small boats could sail past illuminated caves. It extended for over 250 metres, and is said to have ended beneath the bottom of Rowson Street. In 1916 the Old Palace caught fire, and was later demolished. The current building, the New Palace, was built in the late thirties, and at the time of writing is celebrating its 67th anniversary. The pit itself was filled in with rubble from the remains of the Old Palace. During World War Two, between 1942 and 1944, the arcade was Depot 0616 of the U. S. Army: the cellars became an ammunition factory employing two hundred women, a base for fire watchers, and a communal air raid shelter, one entrance to which, a large iron grille, is still to be seen in Virginia Road at the back of the Palace. In 1946 an eighteenth century blunderbuss was discovered in one of the tunnels. Part of the cellar was used as a social club for Palace staff after the war. After this it became the Creep Inn Club, which has since been closed due to flooding from the lake at high tide. The part of the building directly above the pit proved unsafe, and one half of the building was pulled down. It is now occupied by an open air fairground. The cavern is no longer accessible. So Come and Find Our For Yourself, Book Now... Please Also note that your Payment Receipt is your Tickets. You can Show us a screen shot on your mobile phone of your email or you may print it outhttp://www.hiddenwirral.org/book-shop/4583644220/special-ww2-tunnels-myths-legends-tour/11152522

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