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The Town Below the Ground : Edinburgh's Legendary Undgerground City - Jan-Andrew Henderson

The Town Below the Ground

Edinburgh's Legendary Undgerground City

Paperback Published: 16th September 1999
ISBN: 9781840182316
Number Of Pages: 176

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People are fascinated by tales of fabled lost cities. Yet below Scotland's capital, hidden for almost two centuries, there lies a metropolis whose very existence was forgotten until recently. For almost 200 years Edinburgh was surrounded by a giant defensive wall. Unable to expand its boundaries, it became the most densely populated city in Europe. The towering tenements of the Royal Mile were a direct result of this massive overpopulation and, when the city buildings couldn't get any higher, people were forced to construct new edifices over what was already there. An underground slum developed which existed for over 350 years. Trapped in poverty and crime, these subterranean dwellers lived in darkness and misery, ignored by chroniclers of the time. Edinburgh's population came to believe that the underground city, out of sight and out of mind since its abandonment in the mid-19th century, had never been there at all. This work chronicles Edinburgh's secret city: its history and structure; its inhabitants and the lives they led; the story of its rediscovery; the amazing tales, both ancient and modern, that made it legendary; the areas where it existed; and where to find the parts that remain.

Introductionp. 7
The History and the Location
Ancient Historyp. 13
The First Underground City -The Landsp. 17
The Second Underground City - The Bridgesp. 35
Life in the Underground Cityp. 51
Where Is It Now?p. 63
Tales from the Underground City
Marlin's Wyndp. 79
Mary King's Closep. 83
The Site Where Scotland Diedp. 91
The Drummer Boyp. 97
The Worst Poet in the Worldp. 101
Escape to the Westp. 111
Encounter under the North Bridgep. 113
The Foremanp. 119
The Witches' Templep. 123
Trapped!p. 127
The Ghosts of Whistle Binkiesp. 131
The McKenzie Poltergeistp. 137
The City of the Deadp. 149
Appendixp. 157
Bibliographyp. 171
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ISBN: 9781840182316
ISBN-10: 1840182318
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 16th September 1999
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1

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