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Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets (original 2004; edition 2005)
Underground London: travels beneath the city streets by Stephen Smith (2004)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0349115656, Paperback)
In this marvelous work, Stephen Smith explores the life and history of London from an unusual angleunderneath. Beginning with the rivers that run under the capital and ending in the system of tunnels beneath the Thames Barrier, Underground London is an enthralling journey into a subterranean world. We find the author descending into St. Andrew’s crypts, where the dead are being raised; joining miners digging tunnels; and exploring the culverts beneath Hampton Court, a stunning feat of engineering designed as a secret passageway for Henry VIII’s mistresses. Smith visits Victorian sewers, wartime bunkers, and secret vaults. He explores tube stations and the now-defunct Mail Rail, the miniature railway that once transported twelve million letters a day.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:46:57 -0400)
Stephen Smith provides an alternative guide and history of the capital. It's a journey through the passages and tunnels of the city, the bunkers and tunnels, crypts and shadows, and also an exploration through time - including Dick Turpin's escape below ground along passages leading from a cellar.
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