Sunday, March 14, 2010
The Underground Scene
(Thames Tunnel as it appeared on Friday, via Flickr.)
Oh, how I wish I was in London this weekend...
From the Times Archive Blog:
I've been fantastically lucky today to be able to go on a walk through the Brunels' tunnel under the Thames, from Rotherhithe to Wapping and back, under the expert guidance of Robert Hulse, director of the Brunel Museum. The tunnel has been carrying trains under the Thames since 1869, but was closed three years ago during extension work on the East London line. This weekend they've taken a break to allow the public in as pedestrians for the first time in 145 years.... This Times report from just after it opened records the first sub-terranean, or sub-Thamesian mugging, and finishes, charmingly, with the news that
We are given to understand, that after a certain hour of the night the tunnel is infested with loose women.
From their blog, here's how a "grand fancy fair" there was announced on March 27, 1850:
Presumably this weekend's event was rather heavier on the anorak and lighter on the crinoline, but no less amazing. Here are the first pedestrians entering the Thames Tunnel in 145 years: