The Town Below the Ground: Edinburgh's Legendary Underground City
The story of the Town Below the Ground is one of the most disturbing in the annals of Scottish history. For almost 250 years, Edinburgh was surrounded by a giant defensive wall and, unable to expand its boundaries, it became the most densely populated city in Europe. When buildings could go no... show more
The story of the Town Below the Ground is one of the most disturbing in the annals of Scottish history. For almost 250 years, Edinburgh was surrounded by a giant defensive wall and, unable to expand its boundaries, it became the most densely populated city in Europe. When buildings could go no higher, people were forced to construct new edifices over the existing structures. An underground slum developed, where subterranean dwellers lived in darkness and abject poverty, ignored by chroniclers of the time. Edinburgh's population eventually came to believe that the city—out of sight and out of mind since its abandonment in the mid-19th century—had never been there at all. This is the first book to fully chronicle Edinburgh's Town Below the Ground—its history and structure, its inhabitants and the lives they led, the story of its rediscovery, the parts that still remain, and the tales that made it legendary.
Publish date: September 1st 1999
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
Really enjoyed this. Excellent history background and unbiased opinions on the ghostly goings on of old Edinburgh. The legends and ghost stories at the back was a very nice touch, giving you more insight into the stories mentioned through the narrative.
Another one-penny-wonder in sooper-dooper condition; I am being spoilt.Do you remember that bit in [b:Edinburgh Picturesque Notes|8242986|Edinburgh Picturesque Notes|Robert Louis Stevenson|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515Ymbks7ZL._SL75_.jpg|2664484] where the piper on chanter hikes undergro...
I read this book after I visited Edinburgh where I did tour part of the Underground city. The book includes a good dose of history as well as good stories, some of which would have made me think twice before I visited the Underground City.