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4.0 out of 5 stars Sober and detailed account of underground London
This book comes with a pedigree - it's largely drawn from the research of Subterranea Britannica, a group dedicated to exploring and exposing some of the stranger tunnels, basements and bunkers of Britain - particularly those with a military, intelligence or civil defence history.
The story starts with use of Tube tunnels to store art in the First World War, and then...
Published on 16 Nov 2004 by Peter Fenelon

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3.0 out of 5 stars underground london
Following a number of visits to london,for work,and both being forces (retired and serving)my son and I have become quite interested in the amount of hidden underground sections of the city,not just old tube stations but the immense amount of military and civilian installations.
This is one of the first books we bought,it is quite good,but alot of it is quite dated...
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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sober and detailed account of underground London, 16 Nov 2004
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Peter Fenelon - See all my reviews
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This review is from: London's Secret Tubes (Hardcover)
This book comes with a pedigree - it's largely drawn from the research of Subterranea Britannica, a group dedicated to exploring and exposing some of the stranger tunnels, basements and bunkers of Britain - particularly those with a military, intelligence or civil defence history.
The story starts with use of Tube tunnels to store art in the First World War, and then moves on to discuss later uses...
Not everything in the book is military - some detail is given on abandoned express-Tube projects, which leads into the construction of the deep-level shelters that exist under some Tube stations - the plan was that when the war ended these might be linked up into an express line. These shelters rapidly found other military (and later civilian) use, and much of the book covers their history, as well as use of unfinished Tube extensions in the East End as both shelters and shadow factories.
Underground headquarters and tunnels used by the Admiralty, BBC, railways, GPO and Cabinet Office are all described in detail, with the highlight being the extensive description of the vast Kingsway complex.
The book also describes the post-War (and post-Cold War) uses to which many of these tunnels and establishments have been put (although rather deliberately skips over post-War civil defence and government control...) and the current status of many of them; it also dispels quite a few myths about underground London.
The prose is concise and informative and occasionally atmospheric, with illustrations well-chosen and reproduced, and all in all this is a useful, accessible and interesting addition to the literature on subsurface London.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret Stuff, 13 Oct 2007
This review is from: London's Secret Tubes (Hardcover)
Anyone interested in official secrets and the cold war will find this book extraordinary, although its scope includes WW2 London. The photographs, of sites that used to be highly classified, are one of its strengths. Bunkers galore, underground shelters and some unexpected history. One of the best sections covers life inside the Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms.

The title is unnecessarily restrictive and might deter all but trainspotters. In fact the book covers much more than just tubes with all manner of secret underground sites and is not strictly confined to London.

The research that went into this has clearly been exhaustive as the historical detail is accurate bar a few quibbles. One at least of the authors appears to have a strong background in telecoms which is just as well as the most notorious secret tunnels, those connecting government departments in Whitehall, turn out to be mainly communications tunnels, though in theory passable by secret civil servants.

A fascinating antedote to conspiracy theorists and good gift to armchair archeologists of a military bent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book, 4 Jan 2011
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As a frequent traveller to London, and a fan of the tube, I thoght it would be interesting to read a bit more about the more unusual uses which the tube has been put to.

I saw the book in a shop in London, and after a flick through decided that I had to buy it (on Amazon of course as it was cheaper!).

Took a while to get through it, and found myself dipping in and out rather than reading through it all at once, but it was certainly worth the effort.

There is so much information in there on the many and various once secret things the underground system was once used for. It isn't just confined to the tube tunnels or stations and covers so much more as well.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in the tube system and it's varied uses in history!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but slightly flawed, 6 Nov 2009
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N. S. Collingridge "nickcollingridge" (Hertfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is undoubtedly a fascinating book, pulling together much information to create a very comprehensive picture of the underground tunnels and bunkers to be found under London. It is certainly the best book I have read so far on this interesting subject.

However it does have two slight flaws - firstly, for some reason all the pictures throughout the book have been reproduced with very flat contrast - the black levels have certainly not been optimised so they all appear very soft. This is a shame and it would be great if this could be remedied for a second edition (not difficult to do).

Secondly a minor quibble - although generally this publisher has great covers for most of their books this one is not very attractive and certainly doesn't do the book justice.

Apart from the above, if you have any interest in this subject I would thoroughly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 July 2014
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Cracking book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars underground london, 29 Oct 2013
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Following a number of visits to london,for work,and both being forces (retired and serving)my son and I have become quite interested in the amount of hidden underground sections of the city,not just old tube stations but the immense amount of military and civilian installations.
This is one of the first books we bought,it is quite good,but alot of it is quite dated now,i had hoped for more images of what is left and more modern images as well as it does get a little boring in some of the reading at times.I probably would have liked some more accurate maps also.
Also,there is alot more there than the book reveals,and alot more also that is still secret so really the book only scratches the surface and is showing its age. I really need to find more modern and up to date version.
That said,it is OK and has things of interest and if nothing else it is probably worth buying,but only if you can get it for about £12-£14,at rrp£25 you need to be a real enthusiast to pay that
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mind the doors - please, 8 Jun 2010
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Mr. C. Edgecombe (England) - See all my reviews
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Good subject which always interests me. Photos not great but fascinating.
Most people do not know what goes on beneath your feet
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