Short read: “You are amongst the first people in 150 years to enter this secret, underground, Victorian chamber”
Epigraph read: The tunnel that made modern cities possible, Gulliver’s Travels, Ancient Riverside Village, Mayflower, Sea to Shining Sea.
Long read: Now the curtain rises on a different scene. 1st Miracle: we’re only a 10-minute tube and Overground ride from the Houses of Parliament. 2nd Miracle: we’re 500 years away. 3rd Miracle: this place still looks like – feels like – what it once was. 4th Miracle: the Mayflower – the Pilgrim Father’s pub – is here (let alone a king’s palace, a Dickensian mortuary, a villain’s gibbet, a prince’s tomb and a pirate’s pub). 5th Miracle: the 8th Wonder of the World is here – “the underground cathedral” (as the BBC called it) – the Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel’s tunnel under the Thames. 6th Miracle: we’re going down into “the underground cathedral,” down into the 8th Wonder of the world. Coda anyone? River-lulled in ancient Rotherhithe we’ll hear the cool lapse of hours pass, until the centuries blend and blur. In Rotherhithe, in Rotherhithe…
LOST VILLAGE, SECRET TUNNEL, MAYFLOWER & BRUNEL – THE PRACTICALS
Lost Village, Secret Tunnel, Mayflower & Brunel takes place every* Sunday morning at 10.45 am, every** Monday morning at 10.45 am, and every*** Tuesday evening at 6.15 pm.
*Not April 26 **Not Dec. 23 or Dec. 30 ***Not Dec. 24 or Dec. 31
The meeting point is just outside the exit of RotherhitheLondon Overground Station.
RotherhitheLondon Overground Station is very central and dead easy to get to. Take the Jubilee Line to Canada WaterTube Stop. Change to the Overground – you want Platform 4, Northbound. RotherhitheLondon Overground Station is one stop is just one stop north.
RotherhitheLondon Overground Station is the perfect fit for us. 1. It’s right there in old Rotherhithe. 2. It’s only a stone’s throw from the Thames. 3. It’s just round the corner – a 20-second walk – from the Brunel Museum and “that secret chamber,” that tunnel. 4. It has a great coffee shop!
Andy W. guides the Monday morning at 10.45 am walk; Kevin guides the Tuesday evening at 6.15 pm walk and the Sunday morning at 10.45 am walk.
The team of Brunel guides is headed up by Robert, the Curator of the Brunel Museum. Ergo the waived admission charge for London Walkers (see below), privileged access when that’s necessary, etc.
N.B. the Brunel Museum waives its £6 admission charge for us. But they ask for a £3 donation to help the museum charity look after “the underground cathedral.”