Where the Morlocks live

We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. Without them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence.
- H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

BCer Russell has found this amazing hand-drawn map of London, London Subterranea, by Stephen Walter:

In it, Brockley is the home of the Morlocks, gradually being priced out of their caves by the Eloi and their banal boutiques. Russell says:

The only links between Brockley and Morlocks I can find are on your site, in relation to class conflict! So either there's a buried link between Wells and Brockley, or the perceived mung bean divide has become part of London folklore.

9 comments:

Anon said...

Wot a loada Morlocks!

Timemachine said...

Plenty of Morlocks in the Brockley Barge.

RL said...

Given HG's home town, is this an example of the old Bromley / Brockley confusion?

Uncle Tom said...

The Morlocks live in servitude to the Mungs in New Jerusalem but have kept their food honest.

Aneka said...

Apparently all the more interesting people have now been barred from the Brockley Barge so anyone who felt challenged by the atmosphere before should now be able frequent the Barge and enjoy uninterrupted bordem.

Monkeyboy said...

The barge has a policy of banning interesting people? If that were true it wouldn't make sense. If were true.

Mezzer said...

I love the Barge for its selection of real ale, which are incredibly cheap too. You can never be sure of what atmosphere you're going to get through. The last time I went in for a quick drink after work at about 5.00 PM, the guy in front of me was so drunk that he could hardly speak to order his pint. Nonetheless he was served, went to the garden terrace and shortly thereafter promptly threw up. Lovely.

terrencetrentderby said...

I once witnessed a fight over a coaster there, which was quite interesting to observe.

NAT said...

No matter how great the allure of inlshore navigation,, barge people will naturally want to take to the Sea and no matter how humble the seafaring craft, it will becaome a cause of friction at that time. Quite understandable really.

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