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by Ellis Hillman,Richard Trench

London Under London: A Subterranean Guide Paperback – 1993

London Under London: A Subterranean Guide Paperback – 1993. by. Richard Trench (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Ellis Hillman, a passionate enthusiast about subterranean London, is Chairman of the London Subterranean Survey Association, founder and president of the Lewis Carroll Society, principal lecturer in enviornmental studies at the University of East London and a councillor for the London Borough of Barnet.

London Under London book. Richard Trench, Ellis Hillman.

London under London : A Subterranean Guide. by Richard Trench and Ellis Hillman. Published by Thriftbooks. From the middle ages to the present day, Richard Trench provides a detailed history of the various constructions built by London's city planners to deal with the problems of transport, sanitation and overcrowding. Rivers dissappear, tube stations become secret bunkers, tunnels collapse and construction workers uncover 16th century plague pits.

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London Under London: A Subterranean Guide by Richard Trench and Ellis Hillman. The King’s Theatre in Whitechapel is based to a large extent on the Theatre Royal, Stratford. Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets by Stephen Smith. Necropolis: London and Its Dead by Catharine Arnold. When I was at school, I used to do a fair amount of amateur dramatics, and some of the shows we did were put on at the Theatre Royal.

London Under London – A Subterranean Guide by Richard Trench and Ellis Hillman, published by John Murray (the original publisher of the Sherlock Holmes stories in book form), 1984. The classic guide to London’s underground rivers and tunnels. Subterranean City – Beneath the Streets of London by Antony Clayton, published by Historical Publications, 2000. Covers much the same ground (as it were) as Trench and Hillman’s book, but benefits from material more recently discovered. Or perhaps ‘unearthed’ would be a better word

London Under London: A Subterranean Guide by Richard Trench and Ellis Hillman

London Under London: A Subterranean Guide by Richard Trench and Ellis Hillman. The mid-nineteenth century is a bit of a blank.

Unfortunately for Clayton, any work in this area will inevitably be compared to that tour de force. Bravely, he rises to the challenge, insisting that: "This work is intended to replace London Under London," which, since it was last revised in 1993, is "becoming increasingly out of date".

a b Trench, Richard; Hillman Ellis (1985). London under London a subterranean guide. Roman London - a New Map and Guide (published by the Museum of London). John Murray (publishers) Ltd. pp. 27–29. Grid reference Finder measurement tools.

A revised edition of a guide covering the latest underground developments in London, such as the substation beneath Leicester Square, underground railways and glass fibre communication together with a gazetteer of places open to the public.
A tour de force written by an author who genuinely finds his topic fascinating. Wonderful research into the history of the London under London, the competing fiefdoms of postal, gas, telephone, Tube, Ministries of War and Interior, and the changing nature of the city itself. Bureaucracy is not solely an American invention. A bit dated, but great history.
As a London Underground enthusiast, I just couldn't resist what this book had to offer. The sections on the history of the Underground were very informative and easy to read.
But there's more to the book than that. I thoroughly enjoyed every page. The author's conversational (and often amusing) tone lend a lightness to a subject that could otherwise be very dull. The book runs the gamut of subjects--from the underground and now mostly mysterious Fleet to the high-speed cables of British Telecom. It's all there.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone doing research, and a great read if you're fascinated by things beneath the surface.
A near-complete and thorough description of what cannot be normally seen, well illustrated and written with tongue in cheek. For me, a keeper.
Very cut and dried. I don't know what I was really expecting, but it was an OK read. Lots of photos.
Lost Python
This is a book to relish! The author and the illustrator are both deeply knowledgable about their subject, and present it with love. The writing is excellent and so are the numerous illustrations. I enjoyed it thoroughly and several times found myself reaching for my London A-Z book of maps to follow the various routes . Supplemental maps aren't essential, though. The history and colorful sidelights, and the well-coordinated pictures, make for a thoroughly satisfying read. This book is a classic - there have been cheesy knockoffs but they only point up the outstanding characteristics of this volume. If you can find it (and can afford it), an early hardback edition would be a lovely purchase. The copy I had from the library was printed on high-quality glossy, heavy paper, and was securely bound. It has been read often, but the binding was still strong with all the pages present, and the pages hadn't yellowed or become crumbly. There aren't many books made like that these days; it just heightened my pleasurable experience. As you can tell, I love London and I love well-made books. But the first time I read it was in paperback and I thought it terrific then!
I was not looking for a hugely detailed schematic, there must be more specialist books for those who need to know exactly what is exactly where under London. I was looking for a good general guide with history and human interest, and this book gave me exactly that.
This is a large book, 8 inches by 10 inches, and so there is plenty of room for the many illustrations. We see maps of the rivers which used to run above ground in London - now shamefully turned into culverted sewers for the most part. There are drawings of London when outlying areas were completely rural, now swallowed up by the city. There are people in paintings and photos who built or influenced tunnels, drains, pipelaying and other works.
Of course the effects of the Blitz are shown and the descriptions of underground shelters for the public and for the government are an excellent contrast.
The Tube is shown in many incarnations and the water services are highlighted as essential to the existence of the inhabitants. Rats, eels, frogs and other critters frequent their own dark world and the workmen who spend their daily lives underground are vital to the functioning of the city.
I did enjoy this and the illustrations are fascinating.
I have not read any similar book for comparison but a society of people who travel on permitted hikes under the city, with official guides, has posted visuals and film footage on the net. Mainly they show deserted Tube tunnels and the stations now just used as film sets. I recommend looking at those as well because they are very atmospheric.
Except for Anglophiles and London Buffs most people's knowledge of the London Underground is limited to its use as a bomb shelter during the World War II Blitz. However, the Underground existed for centuries before WWII. Chapter 1 succinctly narrates the Underground during the Blitz, and concludes stating " understand the full complexity of what lies under London, we must begin with her subterranean rivers."
Chapter 2 notes "There are over a hundred miles of rivers in London, fed by over a hundred springs and wells....Hidden from view, recalled only in street names...." As early as 1463 a Royal Act ordered "The covering-in of the Walbook's middle and lower reaches" vaulting and paving it over. These rivers were covered over or diverted into tunnels. Many of the rivers underground became more sewers than rivers. The text also notes "There are several lost rivers under London referred to by London's chroniclers but impossible to trace."
The text devotes several chapters to the development of underground sewers, water systems, gas pipes, trains, and later telegraph, telephone and electricity systems. The text gives captivating accounts of several engineering problems that were confronted, how they were resolved together with thumbnail sketches of the engineers and managers involved. . Tunneling under the Thames River was a major venture taking fifteen years to complete. Most intriguing is the account of The London Hydraulic Power Company founded in 1871where "Raw water (untreated) water was pumped at a pressure of 400 pounds per square inch through the miles of pipes running beneath London, and was used to raise and lower cranes, operated lifts.... theatre safety curtains, wagon hoists, even hat hat-blocking presses...." Amazingly the company survived until the mid-1970s.
As telegraph lines were developed underground, the Post Office gained control of the telegraph system and later gained control of the telephone system which they tried to suppress. As electricity developed around a national grid, distribution moved underground and by WWII was operating as a national industry. After the dropping of the first atomic bomb, the British government considered operating from the underground but by the 1960s gave up plans to fighting and surviving a nuclear war from under London. The text notes that new water and electricity tunnels characterized the 1980s and early 1990s with "The biggest capital project under London in the last ten years has been the completion of the London Ring Water Main"
This is a fascinating book and the reader will be amazed by the extensive underground systems under London that are still in use today.
London Under London: A Subterranean Guide ebook
Ellis Hillman,Richard Trench
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John Murray Publishers Ltd; Revised ed. edition (1993)
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