Statue of James Henry Greathead, London

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The statue of James Henry Greathead, designed by James Butler, is installed outside the Royal Exchange, where it conceals a ventilation shaft. It was erected in 1994 on a traffic island in the middle of Cornhill, London, with traffic passing to either side, similar to the statue of Prince Albert at Holborn Circus. The London Troops War Memorial is nearby.
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  • Never understood why it’s placed in such a prime place in the middle of the road ...but it’s very well crafted and impressive!  more »
  • With so many prominent statues of famous people through history in London- I was surprised to see this ' 'unknown' (to me). It is so large, so grand. Aparently he was revolutionary in the...  more »
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  • This statue stands in tribute to James Henry Greathead, the civil engineer. His legacy was his contribution to the building of the London Underground through his inventions that enabled better tunnelling techniques. The inventions included "Greathead Shield" for moveable frames as tunnelling progressed, "Greathead Injector Hydrant" to inject grouting behind cast iron tunnelling shield cavities and "Greathead Grouting Machine", grouting by means of compressed air. The statues stands in Cornhill in the City of London. James Henry Greathead holds an overcoat on his right arm while holding a set of engineering plans in both hands which he is reading. The statue stands on a plinth and upon which is a relief sculpture showing a tunnelling shield. A worthy tribute to a fine engineer.
  • We owe our underground to him!

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