London's Labyrinth: The World Beneath the City's Streets

London s Labyrinth The World Beneath the City s Streets London s Labyrinth exposes the sinister side of the subterranean city in Victorian times from the shocking bomb attacks on the Metropolitan and District Lines in to the sad tale of unrequited lov

  • Title: London's Labyrinth: The World Beneath the City's Streets
  • Author: Fiona Rule
  • ISBN: 9780711035447
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • London s Labyrinth exposes the sinister side of the subterranean city in Victorian times from the shocking bomb attacks on the Metropolitan and District Lines in 1883 to the sad tale of unrequited love at Charing Cross, where a young man shot the object of his affections before turning the gun on himself By its very nature, underworld London has also been a popular resLondon s Labyrinth exposes the sinister side of the subterranean city in Victorian times from the shocking bomb attacks on the Metropolitan and District Lines in 1883 to the sad tale of unrequited love at Charing Cross, where a young man shot the object of his affections before turning the gun on himself By its very nature, underworld London has also been a popular resort of thieves and the book relates outrageous tales of robberies, such as that of the unfortunate William Frost, shot during a mugging on the Metropolitan Line in 1910 It has also witnessed some of the worst tragedies in London s history Such tragic tales are interspersed with the lighter but no less fascinating stories of London s numerous disused railways, its ghost stations, tunnels, and bunkers In the twenty first century, underground London remains an essential part of the capital s life, and this book will enrich any journey real or imaginary through the city s subterranean labyrinth.

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    1. When most people think of London, they know all the famous sights, the Tower, Parliament, the palaces and the new skyscrapers that thrust into the sky. When they consider what is below, almost everybody knows the tube, that arterial network that brings people right into the centre of London. But the streets of London hide many secrets. In this Rule looks at the most common things that you would find if you were to remove the tarmac. There is the tube of course, but there are rivers that have not [...]

    2. Interesting on a historical level. Since I don't have first hand knowledge of London tube routes the detail on places was a bit over board

    3. I'm really enjoying 'microhistories' this year - histories of one particular phenomenon. This, on London's subterranean life and history, is a broader 'microhistory' than I had thought it would be, and clearly a lot of research has gone into it. For those who are particularly familiar with London's streets, this could make a great present - it covers many central areas, and gives lots of detail on where things happened and when, and is full of lots of little-known facts. It's written in an engag [...]

    4. While a promising premise London's Labyrinth did not entirely do it for me. Too often the author seemed to be distracted and diverted by events above ground and perhaps interesting if irrelevant to the case historical meanderings. While an interesting primer on some of what is under London there isn't really much here which someone with a resonable knowledge of subterranian London will not already know and with much of it being available elsewhere in more detail. What this book is is a good basi [...]

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