Folk Olympics: The Mole Man Of Hackney

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Folk Olympics: The Mole Man Of Hackney

A fortnightly celebration of the folk history of the Olympic boroughs, in story and song.

This week, Ruairidh Anderson tells the final Hackney tale, that of William Lyttle — Hackney resident, retiree and notorious tunneller.

“Do you have issues with neighbours? Not that proven stepping stone between Australia obscurity and the dizzying heights of a pantomime in Woking. Your physical neighbours. The residents of Mortimor Street in Hackney certainly did. Though their complaints had a little more depth to them.. "

Lyrics can be found here.

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Previously in Hackney

Previously in Greenwich

Previously in Tower Hamlets

Last Updated 28 March 2012