Growing Underground

Back in the 1930s they had foresight. London’s population was expanding and capacity was severely limited by surface area for the future. The city’s great and good planned for the future. They just didn’t know which future. The boffins had a great idea. Why not build an express line, a sort of ‘cross-rail’ affair, parallel…

The Last Sewer Gas Destructor Lamp in London

Nip down Carting Lane, dodging the white delivery vans that litter the place day and night, and experience London’s last remaining patent Sewer Gas Destructor Lamp. Once these streetlights, made by J. Webb of Birmingham, had the dual function of lighting Britain’s highways and controlling potentially lethal levels of methane in the sewers below. Hardly any survive…

Nunhead Cemetery

By the 19th century London’s population had grown so much  the churchyards were full, and what to do with the capital’s dead was becoming a serious problem.  So in 1832, an Act of Parliament was passed permitting the creation of private cemeteries, in what was then the suburbs of the city – though of course, they’re…