'Mystical lake' hidden 80 feet below Liverpool city centre bar

These photos show the entrance to a 'mystical lake' hidden underneath the Cains Brewery site in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle. Photo: Toc66
-Credit: (Image: Toc66)


Fascinating photos offer a rare glimpse at the '"mystical lake" hidden 80 feet below a city centre bar.

It lies beneath the Cains Brewery site, under Punch Tarmey's in the Baltic Triangle and offers a view of the city's underground world that very few people ever get to see. Taken previously on a supervised shoot, one photographer navigated the underground space using ropes and harnesses, as seen in these rare images.

Photos capture the entrance to the 'lake,' with much of its history still retained. Dates and names are also carved into the walls, with the photographer claiming one carving could still be made out to say '1943,' the ECHO previously reported.

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A crankshaft and flywheel are show still in place, which were historically used for drawing water up to the brewery. You can also see how a jetty for boats that once navigated the underground lake.

This is something many Cains fans had long thought to be a myth. The photographer, known as Toc66, told the ECHO about his experience exploring the site in 2020.

The entrance to a 'mystical lake' hidden underneath the Cains Brewery site
The entrance to a 'mystical lake' hidden underneath the Cains Brewery site -Credit:Toc66

Speaking to the ECHO, at the time the photographer said: "I stood on the boat's jetty looking into clear flat water. [It was] lovely and cool down there after a twelve ladder descent."

At the time, he also claimed to be planning a 'boat trip' on the lake soon to photograph the whole area, using and inflatable boat to take pictures of the cavern area beyond the jetty. The wooden rowing boat that once resided in the underground lake is believed to have been used to collect water samples for the brewery.

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Camra's Liverpool magazine Mersey Ale reported on the lake below Cains - and once carried the tale of diver Pete Whatman, who was called in by Cains to explore the lake in the 1990s. Mr Whatman used caving ladders and abseiling techniques to get down to the cavern in 1995.

But he got a terrifying surprise when he got to the lake. MerseyAle previously said: "A brown hand appeared on the surface of the water!

"Shades of coffins floating on the lake? Well no. It proved to be a brown rubber glove dropped years earlier by brewery workers, which had filled with air and floated on the surface."

The well has a crankshaft and flywheel still in place for drawing the water up
The well has a crankshaft and flywheel still in place for drawing the water up -Credit:Toc66

Mr Whatman found that the cavern was man-made, having been carved from the rock. Merseyale said two more dives "revealed the lake to be 40 foot deep, crystal clear, with the bottom inexplicably covered in small pebbles. Where had these come from when the cavern was solid sandstone?"

Merseyale added that Mr Whatman also surprised to find two short underwater tunnels. But there was no sign of a boat.

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