Statue of James Henry Greathead, London

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  • Homage to the engineer who had the ingenious idea of the machine that made possible the excavation of the tube tunnels. Particular.
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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 tunnell...  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.
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