Statues and Memorials in London: James Greathead

Posted: May 2, 2015 in London, UK


James Greathead was born in Grahamstown, South Africa in 1820. He came to England in 1859 and trained as a civil engineer specialising in tunnel construction. He initially worked for the Midland Railway and then on tunnels under the River Thames including the Blackwall Road Tunnel. In 1873 he went to work for the London Underground railway and worked on a number projects including sections of the current Northern and District lines. He also worked on the Liverpool Overhead railway. A statue to this man who helped to shape London’s transport system was erected in 1994 at the entrance to Bank station.

Monument to James Henry Greathead
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