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Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets

 
 
Author
Stephen Smith.
Publisher Abacus  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780349115658
Pages/Publication Date 393/2004
Daedalus Item Code 61317
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London's streets and landmarks have been endlessly explored, but beneath the surface it's a different city entirely. A regular contributor to the Channel 4 News and the London Review of Books, Stephen Smith here takes us into the tunnels and bunkers, the crypts and the secret passages below the cobbles, including the bowels of the Palace of Westminster, the culverts of Hampton Court, the miniature Mail Rail that once distributed 12 million letters a day, and long-covered-over rivers like the Fleet and the Tyburn. Smith also takes us back through time: legend has it, for example, that Queen Boudicca lies beneath Platform 10 at King's Cross; Dick Turpin fled the Bow Street Runners along secret passages leading from the cellar of the Spaniards pub in North London; the remains of a pre-Christian Mithraic temple have been found near the Bank of England; and on the platforms of the now-defunct King William Street Underground, posters still warn that "Careless talk costs lives."

"Smith's cast of fluffers (Tube cleaners), flushers (sewermen) and toshers (scavengers) make engaging company."Sunday Telegraph (London)

 
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