The Mole Man of London

For some reason I recalled recently the odd case of William Lyttle, the Mole Man of London, who dug out a warren of tunnels under his home.

Lyttle, originally from Ireland, inherited a 20-room property in the London borough of Hackney. In the mid-sixties he dug out a wine cellar under his home. Having done so, he said that he had "found a taste for the thing" and kept on digging, for some forty years.[2] He created a network of tunnels, wide and narrow, on several levels. Tunnels led in all directions, some of them up to 18 metres (59 ft) in length, and reaching as far down as the water table.[3] One excavation connected with the Dalston Lane tunnel, and the railway line.

I was intrigued to learn that 3 years ago, his derelict house had been renovated and repurposed! Read about it, with many pics, at the link.

     Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 24, 2023
     Category: Domestic | Eccentrics | Caves, Caverns, Tunnels and Other Subterranean Venues | United Kingdom | Twentieth Century

Street address is 121 Mortimer Road, London. You can use Google Maps to for a street-side view.
Posted by Fritz on 03/24/23 at 08:02 AM
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