A spooky discovery in the shadows below Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool is a real treasure trove of surprises. I grew up in this fun and vibrant city and, as would be expected, have a good local knowledge of the place. But I am excited to have found something new. And, funnily enough, my discovery was literally just a stone’s throw away from somewhere I have visited many times.

In the depths of a dark, rocky hollow to the east of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral was something both haunting and beautiful at the same time.

It was a grey and gloomy day which cast a moody but interesting shadow over the city’s eclectic mixture of buildings – from shiny and modern office blocks and hotels to neat rows of identical Georgian houses and derelict, dilapidated shells of Victorian warehouses.

Located in Liverpool ’s Georgian quarter is Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

I was quite surprised to discover during my research that this 20th century building was once described as ‘ugly and hideous’ by a former Bishop of Liverpool John Charles Ryle.

While it is not as grand and ornate as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris , for example, it certainly packs a good punch in terms of size and atmosphere.

I had been in this cathedral so many times before and there was a feeling of familiarity as I again walked amongst the impressive conclaves, looking at the stunning stained glass windows and admiring the details up above.

I will have to put a photo essay together on the interiors of the cathedral, because it really is something to see.

But, for now, I will get back to my discovery.

When I left the cathedral, I noticed a sign saying St James’ Park, with what looked like a path gently sloping downwards.

It was not exactly hidden, but it certainly was not obvious.

I had never noticed it before and, as I was in the mood for exploration, decided to venture along here.

After a few steps I realised that the narrow pathway had weathered-looking gravestones lined up on either side. It was actually quite spooky, but made me more intrigued to carry on.

Following a slight bend, there was a dark and haunting tunnel. I was thinking this would be a perfect setting for a horror movie and was seriously considering turning back as there was nobody else around and, well, I am a bit of a wimp.

But I carried on and sheepishly shuffled my way onwards.

Coming out of the tunnel, it was clear that what was in front of me was indeed a cemetery.

I later discovered this was a former quarry which was transformed into a cemetery during the Victorian times.

Many people were buried, including a Liverpool MP who was murdered in 1830. Yikes! If ghosts do exist, this place must be crawling with them. The cemetery is now disused and has been turned into a public park area.

Not a soul could be seen, yet it felt like I was being watched.

There were aged headstones everywhere, pointing in different directions in that disorganised fashion which, again, brings scary, horror-film scenarios to mind.

Trees canopied the area above to the extent that you really would need to meander your way down that path to actually see what was down here.

Looking down from up there, it just looks like there is a load of overgrowth. But it is actually a really beautiful spot. Spooky as hell, but pretty also.