Plaque: Rotherhithe Tunnel - south - 1
Erection date: 1908
The cast steel segments of which this arch is built formed the cutting edge of the shield by means of which the tunnel south of and under the river was constructed.
London County Council
Site: Rotherhithe Tunnel - south (2 memorials)
SE16, Brunel Road
The plaques are on the stone pillars either side of the entrance; plaque 1 to the left in our photo and plaque 2 to the right. The strange arch is actually part of the cutting edge of the tunnelling shield that was used to dig the tunnel. There is an almost identical pair of plaques at the northern entrance to the tunnel.
A third abandoned tunnelling shield can be seen and walked through in a tunnel at Bank tube station.