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Saturday, 3 May 2014

Venting about the Tube


A brainy start to the day.  Well if your name was James Henry Greathead luckily for us it was.  He designed the tunnelling shield, the machine that drove the second only tunnel under the Thames that pops us up at Tower Hill.
It was not until more than a century later that the man was honoured with this statue.  I'm sure he'd be delighted that the plinth he stands upon encases the ventilation shaft for the tube line that passes underground here.

8 comments:

Andy said...

Impressive monument for a man that was boring at his job. :)

Hilda said...

Impressive architecture and statue. LOL at Andy's comment!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Greathead? Great name!

Sharon Anck said...

Seems appropriate.

William Kendall said...

I have heard the name before, in a documentary. Impressive monument!

Bill Nicholls said...

Cool vent that

Jack said...

It is unglamorous but valuable work. Appropriate that they put the statue above the ventilation unit.

Valerie said...

I think it's ingenious, a functional monument!

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