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The Town Below the Ground: Edinburgh’s Legendary Underground City

October 17, 2009 by · 5 Comments 


The city below the ground is one of the most disturbing in the annals of Scottish history. For nearly 250 years, Edinburgh was surrounded by a giant wall and able to expand its borders, has become the city's most densely populated in Europe. When the buildings could not go higher, people are forced to construct new buildings with existing structures. An underground slum developed, where the inhabitants live underground in darkness and abject Pove. . . More>>

The Town Below the Ground: Edinburgh’s Legendary Underground City

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5 Responses to “The Town Below the Ground: Edinburgh’s Legendary Underground City”
  1. Let me start by saying that I have not read this book. I, however, a visit to Edinburgh a week ago and to begin a tour of the old city that were sites of murder and chaos. During this tour, my guide was Jan-Andrew Henderson. He led a group of American teenagers bulky to the attention of silence, ecstatic with his description of the old town of Edinburgh, in the Floyd wall. Greyfriar ended at the cemetery, home to 400 buildings and some 800,000 bodies. It was a charismatic and competent history of letters, and if you write at all in the way he speaks, I could put on paper is worth reading. ~ Interested in HistoryP. S. During this visit Herrera did not mention his name or taking her book. I learned of his identity after my general travel guide (totally independent of the visit of Henderson), who had experience with my school group.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Astrid says:

    This book is a good starting point if you want information about Edinburgh. It's fun and provides interesting information on the history of the city. And then there are the fables and ghost stories also available. The book is divided into two parts. The first part provides historical information about the city and Scottish history. It helps us understand how the old City appeared in the 18th century and how people have responded to normal life. Let me tell you: I did not want to live in the old city at the time. However, the author gives only a very superficial glance at the history of Edinburgh, this book can be a starting point for the interested reader. The second part of the book offers tales of ghosts, myths and legends. I visited Edinburgh in 2008 and took part in a ghost visits. We went into the vault beneath the South Bridge. And the boy. . . It was really scary and it was not difficult to imagine that something strange happens. I liked the author had put more emphasis on the first part of the book. But I think ghost stories sell better when it comes to tourists and Edinburgh. However, this book was a pleasure to read. Do not expect more from him and appreciate what you have.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Mauibluecat says:

    I found that this book is fun and interesting! Normally, I do not like the "ghost stories" and not believe in ghosts (although not want to pick them up if I'm wrong … Ha, ha), however, were in Edinburgh there are 5 months underground city that fascinated me. Often, the only reference book of "stories" and can not be done, since most of the themes of this book are impossible to verify, the author offers a wealth of historical information and precise. I took a tour of South Bridge when I visited Edinburgh, and, fortunately, have not had any ghosts or strange events. After reading the section of South Bridge, was even happier that I did not find anything unusual (ha ha). The author does not try to sell you something and does not use his book as a complement to advertising, which is nice. I recommend this book for fun and interesting!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Anonymous says:

    I gave this book 4 stars because I felt it was too short and abbreviated. Then again, I'm the kind of person who loves the rich historical detail. The author does not want to bore you with dates or technical data, history of the origins of the underground city of Edinburgh are told with a wonderful gift of oratory, you feel as if you were listening a story told by a fire, a story that is becoming more and more cold. The story is simple, because of overcrowding, was built many underground chambers and vaults to support the rapid growth of Old Edinburgh. The poorest of the poor live in these dark vaults and narrow most often die without having known anything but poverty and misery. It shows the kind of people who lived there: the wicked and the widows, families and loners. We hear about how they lived, people too sick to work for the poor children forced to climb inside chimneys to clean them. Full of misery, disease and despair, it is not surprising that the underground city has a reputation of being happy. Tales of the supernatural events are also in this book, the tales of a ghost, but harmless mischeivious pursuing a commercial for the horror stories of tourists and tour guides, while being attacked by invisible hands and nails. If a history buff or a fan of ghost stories, they will enjoy this book. It is easy to read, educational and entertaining.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. G. ADAIR says:

    . . . Readers who are not from Edinburgh found this book fun, but those who were disappointed, and I must add my name to the latter category. As a permanent resident of Edinburgh, I heard stories of the underground city life, and the appearance of this book which offers the promise of a complete and definitive explanation of what really exists and what does not work. However, apart from a general history of ancient Edinburgh reasonably interesting, the book surprisingly lacking in facts whatsoever. This is all conjecture, rumors and myths. At least fifty percent of the book is simply a series of fables and ghost stories descernable no facts or evidence to support either or dismiss them. If someone will take the trouble to write a book about the underground city is not expected that they have something to say? Not so Jan-Andrew Henderson. For him, the recollection of certain myths and legends was sufficient. No research firm, maps, plans or drawings, descriptions of exactly what remains of the underground city, no excavation reports, witness accounts, without rummaging through ownership plans or old As for the report of the cellar doors mysteriously lost that seem to lead nowhere. None of that. If you're really interested in the underground city that would be better saving your money, and instead of paying a visit to one of the many pubs in Edinburgh's Old Town, where you'll find characters that you can say much more long as nothing in this book
    Rating: 2 / 5