Underground Greenwich (9) The Conduit House
Amazingly, for a building supposedly built by one of our great architects, there’s very little to be found out about the Conduit House in Greenwich Park (sometimes called the Standard Reservoir), or that I can find, anyway. I took this pic before the place was suddenly transformed into Santa’s Grotto on Monday, but normally this is a good time of year to see the building as the trees around it are bare and you can cop as good a look as you’ll ever get until they start opening it to the public (not likely in the near future, I suspect…)
Inside, apparently, there’s a big room, underneath which the business went on – a big old reservoir that sent out tunnels full of water to the hospital. I remember one reader telling me that it was used by the authorities during WWII as an air raid shelter, though unless the reservoir itself had been drained and they sheltered down in the actual tanks I can’t see that the building would have been any safer than anywhere else in Greenwich.