Hackney's Mole Man
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Hackney's Mole Man

This is where Hackney's infamous and surreal Mole Man lives.


This is where Hackney's mole man has been tunnelling for the past 40 years. William Lyttle, owns this dilapidated 20-room, four-storey house on the corner of Mortimer Road and Stamford Road, De Beauvoir.

Structural experts warned that a double decker bus could plunge through the street outside Mr Lyttle's home due to the maze of tunnels which extend 60 feet in all directions.

Retired joiner Eric Bussey, who lives across the road from Mr Lyttle, said: He has been digging these holes for God knows how long. Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said that the tunneller would dig straight down for over 50ft and stop once he was bored. He would then fill the hole with concrete, which he claimed would prevent his home from subsiding.

Neighbour Susan Bunker has lived across the road from the eccentric digger for eight years. I once asked him what he was doing. He replied 'I'm building a swimming pool as part of a health club for ladies'.

Location: Mortimer Road, Hackney, London


Just to update this, William Lyttle (aka the Moleman of Hackney) died in June 2010 although true to form he did attempt to start a new tunnel in his council provided flat! (Trev)
Posted by Trev on 2010-08-31
I live down the road from this guy, I think im going to go round for a cup of Tea and check out his tunnels.. (Chris)
Posted by Chris on 2008-07-22