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After 20 Plus Years of Wilderness, The Creep Inn Returns to New Brighton.
Hidden Wirral Myths & Legends Ltd Brings to you a whole New Experience from Beneath the New Brighton Palace
Historic Tours, Paranormal Investigations, Team Building Exercises, Hen/Stag Parties with more to come in the Future.
The History of the New Brighton Palace Tunnels 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, Hidden Wirral Invites you to join us beneath the Streets of New Brighton For Historic Tours and Late Night Paranormal Investigations.
The 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. 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. (Blueprints confirm this)
In 1916 the Old Palace caught fire, and was later demolished. The current building, the New Palace, was built in the late thirties. 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.