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You may have noticed a petition doing the rounds to open up London’s disused underground railways (we’ve certainly been tweeting it like mad). It might surprise you to learn that there are no less than twenty-six disused stations underneath London: that’s a whole lotta disused space for a cramped city. (Who’s betting you’ll grumble about this fact the next time you’re crushed to within an inch of your life on a busy tube platform).

But, encouragingly, there are some plans in the pipeline (very weak, I know) to take on some of these disused railways. These are the Rail Mail tunnels. Originally a pneumatic railway (for those of you who, like me, didn’t know, pneumatic basically means propelling things around with compressed air), the tunnels were used to whiz around post for the Royal Mail. Unfortunately the rail was closed in 2002, after the Mail announced it was making some rather gigantic losses of £1.2m a day.

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London’s Magnificent Seven Victorian Cemeteries: the Low-Down Part 1

After our previous post on London’s Magnificent Seven Victorian Cemeteries, we decided that there was enough interesting history and facts behind these prestigious bone-yards for three whole posts.__ So, lucky readers, in these second and third instalments in the cemetery series, you’re going to get a run-down of each cemetery’s unique personal qualities, preparing you for that visit we just know we’ve inspired you to take. If your nearest cemetery isn’t featured this week, don’t panic! Just check back next week…

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