A huge sinkhole appeared in a public park situated right on top of a former burial site – containing around 80,000 human corpses.

Footage recorded in Grant Gardens, previously Liverpool Necropolis, shows the gaping black hole shortly after it appeared, ECHO reports.

The sinkhole is said to have formed over the site of a former crypt that was not filled in properly.

Grant Gardens was opened in 1914, sitting above a former cemetery believed to hold up to 80,000 bodies, including slavery abolitionist Thomas Raffles who died in 1863.

Memorials and structures from the graveyard have since been removed but the graves themselves remain intact underground.

The appearance of the sinkhole prompted shocked residents to post on social media, with some calling it "scary" and "eerie".

Shirley Hand, who recorded the video, said she could feel the ground sinking from underneath her feet and had to get off the grass quickly before more of it collapsed into the old crypt below.

"It was really eerie looking down the hole knowing that many years ago the park was a burial ground," she said.

Vinny Odonavan added: "Wasn’t it called Necropolis? A massive graveyard."

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Frank Jakes said: "Whooooo, that’s scary."

A Liverpool City Council spokesperson added: "Emergency duty officers attended the site at the weekend and have made the hole good and a mound will now be created.

"We imagine the wet weather contributed to it being formed."

A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: "Grant Gardens was originally a cemetery in the 19th century and was turned into a public park in the inter-war years.

"The sinkhole is the result of a former crypt that was not filled in correctly at the time."

They added: "The sinkhole was reported as a cause for concern by a dog walker on Friday evening and the area was quickly cordoned off."

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