Underground Greenwich (16) – Update

Folks – I don’t normally revisit a subject quite so quickly but I’ve just been sent a couple of photographs by the very wonderful Julian Watson of a 1979 visit he and a hand-picked group of doughty experts made to the tunnels underneath Macartney House, which we were talking about a couple of days ago . I thought all you Underground Greenwich fans might like to see them…

The picture above was taken (Julian thinks by himself, since he was there but is not in the photos…) with Sir Robert Somerville (with the white hair, cap and moustache) and Ron Longhurst just about to raise the entrance slab. The one below is inside the tunnel itself. He admits that by learned opinion they suspected it would have just been a rather posh drain, but hey – a secret underground tunnel is a secret underground tunnel in my book…
The chap who lived there at the time, who let them poke about, asked them to keep the visit quiet as he didn’t want to be pestered by potholers, which could of course be a sticking point today – after all – it is someone’s house. I would concentrate asking-efforts on the park, myself – I suspect there’s more to see – though I wouldn’t hold out much hope they’ll say yes. H&S regulations are scarier than in Edwardian times when anyone could wander in. I guess it’s possible they might open up the old Conduit House for groups – but it’s probably stuffed full of gardening equipment or deckchairs or something.
Julian thinks he gave the rest of the shots to the Heritage Centre, so if you want to see some more, it’s probably worth an ask there.


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