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London Under London: A Subterranean Guide by Richard Trench & Ellis Hillman
London: John Murray, 1985
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Black boards with Silver titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Black & White Drawings; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: The London we know and see is only the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the familiar surface lies an unknown city, a Hades of buried and forgotten rivers, sunken sewers, underground railways, pipes and passages, tubes and tunnels, crypts and cellars. These lifelines of the metropolis twist and turn hidden beneath the pavements of the city fifteen hundred miles of neo-gothic sewers, a hundred miles of Neolithic rivers, eighty-two miles of tube tunnels, twelve miles of government tunnels, and hundreds of thousands of miles of cables and pipes. Layer upon layer, they run their urgent errands, carrying people, delivering water, removing sewage, passing currents, sending messages, conveying parcels.
Drawing extensively from the literature and visual archives of the underworld, London Under London traces the history of the tunnellers and borers who have pierced the ground beneath the city for close on two thousand years, from the Roman occupation through the grandiose, pioneering Victorian period to the present day. The authors trace the routes taken by man and nature and enable us to follow them from the comfort of our armchairs. They also tell us, gazetteer-style, exactly where we can get below and see the strange world which they depict, who to ask permission from, and which of the public service authorities organises trips underground.
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