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  • Started 1 year ago by vistamike
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vistamike
vistamike
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A new billionaires' craze for building elaborate subterranean extensions is making swiss cheese of London's poshest streets – but at what cost?

"These plans are absolutely monstrous and unnecessary," said one neighbour, the Duchess of St Albans. "It's just absolute greed. No one needs that much space. Quite apart from that, the commotion is going to be dreadful."

William Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, the fifth Duke of Portland, took over the estate of Welbeck Abbey in north Nottinghamshire when his father died in 1854, and began an eccentric reign of excavation. He dug an extensive web of tunnels beneath the grounds, connecting a series of underground chambers and stretching up to 24km – including a passage through which he could ride his carriage all the way to the station, hidden from public gaze.

Like today's residents of Kensington Palace Gardens, the Duke also had a subterranean ballroom constructed, 50m long and 20m wide, with a ceiling painted like a giant sunset. He even installed a hydraulic lift, capable of bringing 20 guests at a time down into the hall from the worldly realms above.

Yet not once did he invite people into his home. Never was the ballroom to host a dance. He would not even speak to his staff of servants, communicating only in written form through letterboxes installed in his rooms.

As Kensington's tycoons dream of digging ever deeper, retreating behind ever more layers of private facilities, they might pause to think how empty those echoing chambers will feel.

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mitilini
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Could be,should be called,İnsanity on a GRAND scale,i suppose!
Heavens!

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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You can't beat the eccentricity of the English :)

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vistamike
vistamike
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And with deep pockets you can dig deep holes!

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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And put ICBM's in 'em (upside down) and get even bigger holes.

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Ted16
Ted16
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LOL at last comment LH

Not sure if eccentric or delusional. No one needs a house that big.

Ted

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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How else would I fit a ballroom in my small cave ?

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vistamike
vistamike
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Ted, that's why they are bung-a-lows now!

Eccentricity 230v ac always takes me off balance in a positive way.

Most of these Billionaires digging their own wholes come up for air and say 'while you're down there' my good man...

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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..."polish the silver"

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vistamike
vistamike
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I thought the polish builder was gonna do that joke, on his way to the metal recovery plant (scrap dealer / pawn shop) cop shop when nicked...

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ProstheticHead
ProstheticHead
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How else is a Billionaire supposed to spend their money?

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GuiltySpark
GuiltySpark
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@ PH,

They could give it to me :)

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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GS, there could be a tax prob there.

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GuiltySpark
GuiltySpark
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Use sellotape instead.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Or scotch.

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vistamike
vistamike
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Off shore tax problem? Not in my back yard said the taxman to...

Nah!

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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...the crow.

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Ted16
Ted16
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That's all a Billionaire needs, finding another ten million. Mind you a really rich one would connect his bung a low to the Central Line and have his own private station and train.

Ted :)

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Yeah, what's that station that is no longer used ?

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GuiltySpark
GuiltySpark
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Polling :)

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