Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The Mole Man

The Mole Man is a character from a Marvel Comic book.  He is also however, a strange man that for 40 years burrowed under his £1million mansion just around the corner from me in Hackney.  A few years ago the Mole Man was evicted - the pavements around his home collapsed, he hit an electricity cable and the lights across the street went out, he caused £100,000 worth of damage.  And according to this Guardian article he was just building a big wine cellar...(?)

It is now a dangerous structure...
Here's some photo's of the Moe Man's house as it is today...

 Mole Man's House

Apparently no-one is quite sure why The Mole Man wants to dig holes but there's a funny quote from a neighbour in that Guardian article which is 'he's a hard-working man, he just doesn't use his energy in the right way'

Someone should probably have seen his digging potential and given him a job as a Mudlark.

Which brings me to my next event.  I'm having a 2-way interview with a mudlark on Weds 24th Nov at Rough Trade .
come and find out what it's like to be a Tranny or a Mudlark


  1. he's also very sadly dead. we met him once - he came out to say hello when we were gawking at the cars(!) buried in his yard. seemed like a nice guy, obviously a tad eccentric but London really needs its eccentrics ...


  2. Oh no! That's a sad shame

    The house is being turned in to posh flats now.

    I'd have liked to have seen inside.