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London Under

The Secret History Beneath The Streets

By Peter Ackroyd, 1949-

In this vividly descriptive short study, Peter Ackroyd tunnels down through the geological layers of London, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness and excavating the lore and mythology beneath the surface.
 
There is a Bronze Age trackway below the Isle of Dogs, Anglo-Saxon graves rest under St. Pauls, and the monastery of Whitefriars lies beneath Fleet Street. To go under London is to penetrate history, and Ackroyd's book is filled with the stories unique to this underworld: the hydraulic device used to lower bodies into the catacombs in Kensal Green cemetery; the door in the plinth of the statue of Boadicea on Westminster Bridge that leads to a huge tunnel packed with cables for gas, water, and telephone; the sulphurous fumes on the Underground's Metropolitan Line. Highly imaginative and delightfully entertaining, London Under is Ackroyd at his best.

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Format: Book
Author: Ackroyd, Peter, 1949-
Summary: To go under London is to penetrate history, and Ackroyd's book is filled with the stories unique to this underworld: a hydraulic device was used to lower bodies into the catacombs in Kensal Green cemetery; the door in the plinth of the statue of Boadicea on Westminster Bridge leads to a huge tunnel packed with cables for gas, water, and telephone; sulphurous fumes waft through the Underground's Metropolitan Line. Peter Ackroyd tunnels down through the geological layers of London, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness and excavating the lore and mythology beneath the surface.
Title: London under : the secret history beneath the streets / Peter Ackroyd.
Publisher Date: New York : Anchor Books, c2012.
Subject: Underground areas -- England -- London -- History. Subways -- England -- London -- History. Tunnels -- England -- London -- History. London (England) -- Description and travel. London (England) -- History.
Isbn: 9780307473783 0307473783
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Call Number: 914.2104 Ack
Oclc: 818882383
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Bib Id: 491399

Format: Book
Author: Ackroyd, Peter, 1949-
Summary: To go under London is to penetrate history, and Ackroyd's book is filled with the stories unique to this underworld: a hydraulic device was used to lower bodies into the catacombs in Kensal Green cemetery; the door in the plinth of the statue of Boadicea on Westminster Bridge leads to a huge tunnel packed with cables for gas, water, and telephone; sulphurous fumes waft through the Underground's Metropolitan Line. Peter Ackroyd tunnels down through the geological layers of London, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness and excavating the lore and mythology beneath the surface.
Title: London under : the secret history beneath the streets / Peter Ackroyd.
Publisher, Date: New York : Anchor Books, c2012.
Description: 228 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Underground areas -- England -- London -- History.
Subjects: Subways -- England -- London -- History.
Subjects: Tunnels -- England -- London -- History.
Subjects: London (England) -- Description and travel.
Subjects: London (England) -- History.
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus"-T.p. verso.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [207] -209) and index.
Contents: Darkness visibile -- Rising up -- Holy water -- Forgotten streams -- Old Man River -- The heart of darkness -- The pipes of London -- The mole men -- The deep lines -- Far under ground -- Buried secrets -- The war below -- Deep fantasies.
ISBN: 9780307473783
ISBN: 0307473783
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Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 914.2104 Ack