For anyone who's not had the opportunity to go on one of innuendo ridden Thames Tunnel Tours between Wapping & Rotherhithe London Underground stations, there's another on Bank Holiday Monday. The theme is "Haunted By Brunel" and remembers May, as the month when the tunnel was first flooded.
Curator Robert Hulse's normally chirpy comments are appropriately sombre for the occasion. When describing the digging of one of the oldest tunnels on the London Underground, Robert wrote: "The project took 18 years to complete, ruined Marc Brunel's health and nearly killed his son. There were five terrible floods, and some men died under the river, but drowning is quick. Some unfortunates succumbed to 'Tunnel Sickness' and were carried out, raving, to be locked in another cage at the local asylum. For some death was slow, painful and wasting: cholera, typhoid and worse. We will never know how many brave men died here."
Brunel Engine House Museum will also be holding a "Haunted London" display by artist Ksenia Dudareva. The Ghost Train tours leaves Rotherhithe Tube station at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Tickets cost a fiver each. For more details and to book online visit the Brunel Engine House Museum.