7-minute read, 29 photos, 2 videos
We send out our TB reporter.
After spending many hours endlessly scrolling through the Tartaria Britannica archive, we realized it was time to actually get out into the realm, and do some old-school “boots on the ground” reporting and look for some real-world evidence.
We decided to start in London, a place we feel should show clear signs of mudfloods.
The architecture in London, as with most old cities, has a signature and essence that impacts the viewer. It left us with many intricacies to unravel, yet it was disappointing to see the mistreatment and neglect of what were once magnificent buildings. On the whole, we found ourselves very joyful, as London is standing the test of time well and is a great place to start on our search for mudflood theory (MFT) evidence. We headed for the west of Central London, an area steeped in historical narrative. But, we decided to start with a fresh page and, rather than read about it on the internet, we wanted to look at what we saw for ourselves.
We discovered London is a city with many sides, but for this journey, we will try to test some of the theories from MFT Part 1 and MFT Part 2. We are in pursuit of vault lights and buildings underground.
If you’re interested in starting at the beginning of our journey, click the links below:
Despite the many obstacles you now encounter when trying to enter London by automobile, we still decided to enter by chariot, despite the financial peril.
Immediately, before we can even park the carriage, we have reason to get the camera out and start clicking away.
Our initial impression is that of a typical London property, but notice the difference between ground level and the front door.
This photo clearly shows the pavement level at the 2/3 mark of the ground floor windows, and these properties have high ceilings. The average ceiling height in Britain is around 7 ft 10 in (~2.3m), although in Central London, these types of houses can have around 9 ft 10 in (~3m). Looking at how the road sits against the submerged floor, could this point to 6 ft (~1.8m) of mud in this location?
Again in this wider photo, one can distinctly see the lower ground floor.
As we pass this grand and very ornate building, we can still see the same stepped building with a split ground level and the entrance in what seems to be the first floor.
At this point, we started to question the practicality of intentionally constructing a building in such a way. The floor level here would be at least 6 ft under the current street level. These buildings also have timber floors and an air gap of 1-2 feet (~.3-.6m) in addition to the footings and foundations.
It would appear to be a gross misuse of materials and resources when, as we are told, these buildings were created before power tools or motorized ground-clearing equipment.
It is not just one property that shows signs of the MFT. Instead, we find row after row and street after street, all with the same configuration! If we are again to think about the amount of soil clearance needed to construct buildings in this way, it would have been an enormous task and would take thousands of trucks or barges to clear it. Simply clearing the mud in front of the windows, as seen in the photos, is a herculean task on its own.
It seems even harder to believe that any foreman, architect, or financier would willingly want to pay people for months to shovel and dig that amount. If we consider the additional upkeep, feed, and stabling for the fleet of horses and carts that would be needed to clear this amount of soil, it could have been constructed at ground level in half the time.
Finally, our reporter finds our first vault light, as mentioned in MFT2! We decided to investigate this building in more detail. Clearly, we can see in the above photo a brick arched window with a frame and part of the original window still showing, with vault lights installed to provide light to the lower floor.
The entire row has the same types of installations, although a few were more revealing than others.
Now, we can clearly see the original ground-floor windows. We were even more interested to learn from a resident of the buildings that they have vault lights beneath the lower ground floors.
After meeting with the building manager, we were fortunate enough to be invited to investigate below the road level. We even managed to take a small video.
We can now draw our first conclusion from our initial investigations in London. It’s not a question of where can we see signs of a mudflood, but a bigger question of why we didn’t notice this a long time ago! Nearly every road and street has some evidence: vault lights on all the major roads and shopping areas and whole roads with sunken first floors. It seems apparent that there was a mudflood in London, and it was around 7-9 ft (~2-2.7m) deep and clearly affected the whole city. We have also come across what seem to be covered waterways also, but to stay on track, we will cover these in a future post.
It is quite apparent that there was a mudflood event of some kind. The next question is: when was the last mudflood? For that, we will need to re-look at the history of London and try to find the missing pieces of our puzzle.
For now, it looks like our mudflood theory has grounds to become a mudflood fact.
This, unfortunately, raises new questions. If, through observation and investigation, we can determine that there was a massive mudflood in London and an even bigger clear-up operation, is this event listed in any records? This is what we will investigate next on our journey to establish the dates of the last mudflood.
Before we leave, we thought we should try to find an older building for comparison.
This local church in the Chelsea area, St. Luke, initially looks built on ground level. But upon closer inspection, this was clearly not the case.
The sides of this great building are clearly visible below ground level and have at least one submerged layer to the building. This reminded us of the church featured in MFT2. In the above pictures, the parish office is clearly underground.
Thinking we were done for the day, we took a gentle stroll in a cemetery on our way back, only to be confronted with an absolute delight and a real hidden gem! And for us, it was the final nail in the coffin for the word “theory” in relation to London and mudfloods.
After uncovering so many interesting and out-of-place things in this cemetery, we are preparing a separate article on this location. For now, here is a sneak peek of what we have discovered.
Now that more ground has been cleared, the original ground floor has been uncovered, complete with window arches.
Thank you for joining us on this journey, and we welcome your comments and questions below! If you find evidence of a mudflood in your city or town, please share it with us!