The Mole Man’s House and Beyond

This weekend, I insisted that Hiro and I paid a visit to the “Mole Man’s” house. If you are a Hackney Resident then word of this once infamous resident will be old news to you. If you haven’t heard of the Hackney Mole Man then this sit back and expect a curious tale to start your Monday at the House of Blues.

The Mole Man’s name was William Lyttle and he passed away in June this year.

The Mole Man had a peculiar “distraction”.

He spent 40 years of his life burrowing a network of tunnels under his £1m Victorian house.

Eventually, after continual complaints from his neighbours, the council managed to evict him. They say that his extensive digging reached 20 metres ine each direction from his house and some 8m deep in some places.

“Tunnelling is something that should be talked about without panicking.” William Lyttle

I have heard that they plan to demolish the Mole Man’s house. Instead there shall be 8 new appartments on this prime plot.

I cannot say that I won’t miss seeing this ramshackle site on my way back from work everyday.

Just beyond the Mole Man’s old home is De Beauvoir Square which is one of Hackney’s most handsome little greens. We stopped to take a few photos and enjoy the sight of the turning leaves.

The colours of the dimishing summer are spectacular at this time of year.

I have developed a real appreciation of tweed jackets and rather heritage looking garments.


My brogues are from Kate Kanzier and I adore them muchly!

I imagine what it must be like to sit on the throne of a crumbling castle.

Dear Readers,
I hope that you have enjoyed our walk through yet another side of Hackney.
I also hope that you like my larger photos?

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