Mackenzie’s Tomb
St Andrew's Churchyard, Rodney Street, Liverpool L1

Picture by Tony Siebenthaler

The pyramid shaped tomb in St Andrew’s churchyard frequently catches the eye but is now imprisoned behind bars to protect us from falling masonry. The plaque on its side is frequently overgrown. It is the tomb of the Victorian railway entrepreneur (builder of the Edge Hill to Lime Street tunnel) and infamous gambler William Mackenzie. There are urban myths and ghost stories aplenty about his alleged Faustian pact. For whatever reason he commissioned this tomb before his death and when the fateful day finally came in 1851, he left instructions to be entombed sitting at his card table holding a winning hand.

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