Photographer's Note

It is difficult to miss this extremely prominent statue of James Henry Greathead (1844 - 1896) - which was unveiled in 1994 and which was the work of the sculptor James Butler - as he stands slap bang in the centre of the road.

He looks particularly studious as he leans forward beneath a splendidly wide-brimmed hat that casts a perpetual shadow across his face.

His attire is that of the late Victorian period, with overtones of Indiana Jones; his overcoat is draped neatly over his arm.

His head is bent forward as he studies a set of plans that he is holding in both hands

Being the 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 relief depicts eight men shoveling and manually transporting earth. They are inside a multi-jointed ring which is presumably the travelling shield. It is clear that the invention did not remove all the toil from the task


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