Focus Point 12 on the Heritage Trail
The “Cock Pit” is another strange feature of the hill, found at the very northern end, near Bidston Hall. Consisting of a narrow circular trench, approximately 10 inches deep and twenty feet in diameter, cut into the bare sandstone and surrounded by tall gorse bushes. Some say that the site was home to the illegal and barbaric sport of cock fighting, and that on certain days the emblems of past champion cockerels can still be seen. Others say that it was originally a gorse mill, where gorse was crushed for animal feed. Or could both be right?
The curious concrete structure near to the “Cock Pit” is the top of a ventilation shaft rising from the air-raid tunnels built beneath Bidston Hill during the Second World War. The ventilation shaft is kept sealed because the shaft and tunnels are extremely dangerous. If you see any sign that someone has forced a way in, please report it immediately to the ranger’s office at Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm!
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