- Another view of the light well passages. Numerous storage tunnels lead off from the passage, former coal bunkers to fuel the many fireplaces in the complex.
The grand Portland Stone edifice of Somerset House is a place of merriment, arts, concerts and sedate riverside dining. But beneath the elegance and grandeur lies a little-known sequence of passages, chambers and vaults. We took a remarkable tour beneath the famous courtyard and into the ‘Deadhouse’, which contains the gravestones of 17th Century courtiers. Click through the gallery
above for details – oh, and help us translate the grave stones.
The tours are free, run every Thurday and Saturday and are totally recommended. As well as visiting the deadhouse and surrounding passages, the walk also takes in the elegant Nelson stairway and the barge house, where you can see one of only two surviving 18th Century Navy Commissioners’ barges.
With kind thanks to Alan Patient and London Remembers for the recommendation.