Mole Man’s Lair In London Sold For £1.12 Million

It has popularly been attributed to insanity, but building a subterranean network of tunnels underneath the middle of London is quite an achievement. No word on whether the new owner of ‘Mole Man’ William Lyttle’s house will be able to access the web of underground passageways. Via the BBC:

The home of a man who dug a labyrinth of tunnels under his property in east London over a period of 40 years has been sold for £1.12m.

William Lyttle, 79, who earned the nickname Mole Man, had made tunnels up to 60ft (18.2m) long under the 20-room house in Mortimer Road, Hackney. He was evicted in 2006 and rehoused in a flat, where he died in June 2010. Hackney Council discovered the network of tunnels under the house, which originally belonged to Mr Lyttle’s parents.

4 Comments on "Mole Man’s Lair In London Sold For £1.12 Million"

  1. They might have taken his house, money and way of life .. but the spirit of the Mole Man lives on.

    Let the Digging commence !

  2. 1.) Isn’t there some issue with building codes here? Why isn’t his tunnel network, or the building itself, condemned? 

    2.) If not, then shouldn’t someone in his family, at least, be compensated for the million pounds or so in improvements he made to the building before he was evicted? It seems like a dick move to evict him, then flip the building for a higher price on account of the tunnels. 

    I’m sure I’m missing something here. 

  3. Anarchy Pony | Jul 22, 2012 at 1:09 am |

    I bet he would have loved minecraft…

  4. SmokinTokinJokinBrit | Jul 22, 2012 at 11:12 am |

    they should have given him a little house in the country, and let him do what he does best without hurting or annoying anyone, poor guy 

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