James Henry Greathead
Person Male Born 6/8/1844 Died 21/10/1896
Railway and tunnelling engineer. Born in Grahamstown, South Africa. Arrived in England in 1859. Chief engineer, City and South London Railway. The travelling shield was invented by Marc Isambard Brunel. Greathead introduced modifications which meant it was generally used in constructing tunnels, in particular the tunnels of London's deep level tube system including the Waterloo and City line. We have found 3 abandoned tunnelling shields around London: at either end of the Rotherhithe tunnel and in a tunnel at Bank station. Died in London.