Subterranean City - Beneath the Streets of London, by Antony Clayton
Book published by Historical Publications in 2000, 192 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (S6579)
This book is a fascinating history of what lies beneath the streets of London, and is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs and drawings. Chapters include:
- An introduction to the Subterranean City
- Buried Waters
- Pipes and Tunnels
- Railways beneath the City
- Secret Places
- The Jubilee Line Extension and future projects
From the front inside fly leaf: Nothing so fascinates Londoners as the invisible or unseen life of the capital beneath their feet. Lost rivers, pipes, sewers, tunnels, ring mains, railways, secret bunkers and pneumatic tubes are all there in a sometimes complex arrangement, especially in the centre of London. Any new tunnel now can encounter all sorts of difficulties - lost rivers and streams still cause damage, and occasionally old and abandoned tunnels are stumbled across during construction works.
This book summarises what can be found.... and looks forward to what may be built underground in the future. But it also deals with the considerable achievements of the past, such as the first tunnel built under the Thames, the worlds first truly underground railway, the first proper sewerage system installed in any city, and the very first pneumatic system for transferring mail beneath the streets.
Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The dust jacket has some minor scuffs and blemishes, and some light nibbling and creases along the edges and corners, but the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is some very light yellowing to a few inside page edges. Not price clipped