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UK • Ruin Porn II: the hidden, forbidden tunnels of Dorchester

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    Not precisely "up to the minute" as the first header's datelined July; still fascinating for amateur historians (hi!), urban explorers, psychogeographers, and all & sundry. A good run-up to Hallowe'en, at any rate.

    Judge Jeffreys' tunnel uncovered (Dorset Echo)

    There may be tunnel ahead... another underground tunnel discovered in Dorchester (Dorset Echo)

    Ancient Dorchester Tunnels, Dorset (The Urban Explorer)

    Judge Jeffreys' Bloody Assizes (Wiki)
     
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    This story greatly interests me as my first ancestor on these colonial shores was a result of transportation after having backed the losers in the Duke of Monmouth rebellion and subsequently having been booted from Blighty by Judge Jeffreys et al. during the Bloody Assizes. (Which was a damn lot less severe than many got as punishment.)
     
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    Another Dorset Echo piece (Dorchester was, btw, the model for Thomas Hardy's Wessex town of Casterbridge, Hardy having been born just east of the city in the hamlet of Higher Bockhampton) documenting the fascinating (sez I) discoveries:

    Digging duo unearth Dorchester's forgotten tunnels

    More than a few UK excavations here: secret passages, a.k.a. hidden passages or secret tunnels (Wiki)

    And of course London's also a subterranean city. (Wiki)

    London’s Top 10 Tunnels and Catacombs (Londonist.com)

    And ghosts -- of course there are ghosts underground: Ghosts of the London Underground (unexplained-mysteries.com)

    And then there's Brum....

    Mystery of the secret tunnels beneath Birmingham revealed (Birmingham Mail)

    And there are many, many more.

    "Foo-goo"s, anyone? Fogou (Wiki)

    Let's pop up to Scotland....

    Tunnel Vision -- Exploring Glasgow's Underground

    Edinburgh Vaults (Wiki)
     
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    John Law grows persnickety....

    Underground ghost station explorers spook the security services (Guardian)
    • Legal battle over crackdown on friends found in disused Aldwych tube tunnel days before royal wedding

    the rest at link above

    And the Duke of Portland waxes wonderfully weird....

    The eccentric duke and his underground tunnels (nottshistory.org.uk)

    Aristocratic British Eccentrics (wizzley.com)

    The Eccentricities of The 5th Duke of Portland (theoddmentemporium.tumblr.com)
     
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    [video=youtu;VMGQC05_nSE]http://youtu.be/VMGQC05_nSE[/video]
     
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    Unabashedly bumping these 35 links, full-knowing the Freudian import of tunnels (and particularly -- secret ones!)
     
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    Bumping this again; some great stuff here, if I do unabashedly say so myself.

    Check out a few links.
     
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    ED and I often visit Judge Jeffreys tea rooms. There has been talk for years about various tunnels in Dorchester, indeed the tunnel runs beneath the tearooms to the courts. I did a tour of the old courtrooms and visited the cell where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were sent to, very atmospheric place.
    I'm going to check some of your links.

    BTW The JJ Tearooms are reputed to be haunted. A friend worked there and reported that the tearooms are at their noisiest after closing time. Sound like a roomful of people, when you enter it there's no one there
     
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    Lol, it takes someone in the US to tell me what is going on in my local area. Brilliant news, hope they don't tamper with it too much
     

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