Discovering Subterranean London

Discovering Subterranean London

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By (author) Andrew Emmerson


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  • Format: Paperback | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 176mm x 8mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 074780740X
  • ISBN 13: 9780747807407
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 320,633

Product description

This book is the first concise guide to the hidden world of underground London. Informative, authoritative and richly illustrated, this volume takes you on a subterranean tour of the many remarkable constructions that few even knew existed. Some of the installations were once highly secret, such as the government bunkers, civilian refuges, protected broadcasting studios and emergency control centres for public utilities. Other facilities described perform more mundane functions, including the mothballed Mail Rail (the Post Office Railway), telephone and power cable subways, electricity substations and sewage out-fall tunnels.

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Author information

Andrew Emmerson is a writer and researcher on technology subjects by profession. His fascination for transport, telecommunications and underground obscurities were the initial inspiration for this book, which expanded rapidly as researches uncovered ever more intriguing material. As well as being president of the Telecommunications Heritage Group, he is a member of Subterranea Britannica, CAMRA and far too many other groups and societies. He is co-author of "London's Secret Tubes."

Table of contents

Introduction Unseen rivers and Hidden Wells Sewers, Aquifers and Hydraulics Other Underground Utilities Protecting People, Production, and Government The Odd Index