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James Henry Greathead

Grahamstown, South Africa 1844 - London 1896
civil engineer renowned for his work on the London Underground railway
James Walter Butler

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Bronze statue of Greathead, studying a plan.
On the sides of the plinth are medaillons and text:
  1. (north) Bronze relief depicting eight men shovelling and manually transporting earth. They are inside a multi-jointed ring which is presumably the travelling shield. The relief is circumscribed: JAMES HENRY GREATHEAD 1844-1896.
  2. (south) Stone relief including two badges, water and a bridge, circumscribed: CITY AND SOUTH LONDON RAILWAY.

London - James Henry Greathead London - James Henry Greathead


chief engineer
city and south london railway

inventor of the travelling shield
that made possible the cutting
of the tunnels of london's
deep level tube system



The plinth hides a ventilation shaft for the Underground.

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Item Code: gblo146; Photograph: 7 August 2014
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