Gillian Tindall, author of The Tunnel Through Time: A New Route for an Old London Journey
Crossrail, London’s new tube line which will open in 2018, is simply
the latest way of traversing a very old east-west route through what
was once countryside to the old City heart and out again.
Gillian Tindall, who has had a lifetime involvement in the history and
and growth of London, traces the course of some of these historic
journeys along roads which, however altered in appearance still
follow the same patterns. Our ancestors spoke the names of ancient
farms, manors and slums that today belong to our squares and tube
stations. They endured the cycle of the seasons as we do; they ate,
drank, laughed, worked, prayed, despaired and hoped in what are
essentially the same spaces we occupy today.
Archaeology uncovers actual remains, Gillian Tindall brings to light vanished lives.
Her previous works on London include The Fields Beneath, The Man who Drew London and The House by the Thames.