Liverpool has its fair share of gruesome and ghoulish local myths - but the mystery of the 'Cheapside Vampire' is among the most haunting stories from our city's streets.

The rotting remains of the 'vampire' of Cheapside were uncovered by labourers who were working on the city centre's sewage system in 1854.

Local author Ken Pye explored the eerie piece of Liverpool folklore in his book Liverpool Murders and Misdemeanors.

Mr Pye explained the true and brutal story which led to the body's discovery in the city centre. This story was shared in an ECHO article published last year.

When workers unearthed the human remains in the city centre, they were assumed to be those of local man Thomas Cosgrove.

The grim discovery was made at the crossroads of Hatton Garden, Vauxhall Road and Tithebarn Street.

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The shocking find as it came 40 years after a gruesome murder-suicide on nearby Cheapside, so while workers were horrified by the discovery, they weren't entirely surprised.

On February 15, 1815, a man was walking along Cheapside in Liverpool city centre at around 6pm when Thomas Cosgrove staggered from his home wearing nothing but a nightcap.

He was grasping his throat, which was bleeding heavily, and begged the passing stranger to take him back inside.

Cosgrove told the man that he had just strangled his wife to death and then cut his own throat.

Two other men that were passing helped the stranger take Cosgrove back into the house where they found his wife dead on the bed.

She was covered in her husband's blood.

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A police officer was called to the scene and he managed to bound Cosgrove's neck before arresting him for his wife's murder.

While in custody, Cosgrove's neck was sewn up before an inquest into his wife's death record a verdict of wilful murder.

The court heard that the Cosgroves had lived on bad terms and that his wife had "frequently expressed her fear of being beaten".

Just two weeks after murdering his wife, Cosgrove died from the self-inflicted wound to his throat.

The case was declared a murder-suicide and Cosgrove was denied a Christian burial before being buried face down at the city crossroads.

In the early 1800s, executed criminals were frequently buried in unconsecrated ground.

The city centre crossroads at Tithebarn Street where the Cheapside Vampire was buried
The city centre crossroads at Tithebarn Street where the Cheapside Vampire was buried

It was also extremely common for these people to be deliberately buried at crossroads on the outskirts of communities.

This was because of the superstitious belief that if such people did rise from their graves, they would do so as vampires and the crossroads acted as a symbolism for the Christian cross which would permanently trap the spirits underground.

Cosgrove's case was almost entirely forgotten - until the workmen discovered his body as sewer pipes were being laid in the city for the first time.

An investigation into the body took place and enquiries revealed it to belong to Thomas Cosgrove.

Superstitious workmen immediately recovered the body as terrified locals watched on and then work continued as normal.

It is believed however, that the sewer pipe that runs through that junction has a curve in it where it runs around the remains of the Cheapside Vampire.