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Could diggers have unearthed Liverpool Castle remains?

by Matt Growcoot. Published Mon 06 Apr 2009 16:39, last updated: 06/04/09
Liverpool Castle, historic engraving
Liverpool Castle, historic engraving

Roadworks have stirred interest among office workers and amateur archaeologists after examples of hewn stone were found in the area where Liverpool Castle once stood.

The sandstone slabs - which appear to have visible chisel marks - were unearthed by contractors laying cables on James Street opposite the Victoria Monument.

Liverpool Castle was demolished in the early 18th Century and its site was last subjected to major historical excavation in the 1920s.

Now sandstone slabs have been unearthed at the side of a four-foot deep trench and some by-standers have suggested they could be part of the foundations of the castle.

Liverpool Museum's Field Archeology Section said the 1920s excavation of the area had shown there was no danger of damaging any valuable artefacts.

But local historian Mike Royden of the Merseyside Archeological Society said he felt it would be sensible for the trench excavations be checked by archeologists.

Mr Royden said: "I'm surprised that no archeologists have been brought in to check that nothing of historic importance is damaged."

* Liverpool Castle fell into disrepair following the English CIvil War and the last vestiges were demolished in 1726 after which a church was built on the site.

* The church was later demolished and the Queen Victoria Monument was built in 1902.

Further information on Liverpool Castle is at www.btinternet.com:80/~m.royden/mrlhp/local/castle/castle.htm



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"i dunno. could be, but it could have been put there at a later date." i dont need a name, my house around 4 years, 11 months ago

"it's part of the original Cavern Club... ;)" jonny, liverpool around 5 years, 3 months ago

"That slab of sandstone in the trench sure looks like something ancient... it could well be part of the Castle. Fascinating!" Larry Harding, Aigburth around 5 years, 3 months ago

 
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