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Memorial: Greathead shield at Bank

Erection date: 1987


This 'Greathead' type tunnelling shield ws left at this point 18 metres below ground level on completion of the Waterloo & City Railway in 1898.
Exposed by Edmund Nuttall Limited in 1987 during the construction of the Dockland Light Railway - City extension.

Site: Greathead shield at Bank (1 memorial)

EC2, Bank station, pedestrian tunnel between DLR and Waterloo & City line

We must have walked through this arch many times without properly seeing it.  We thank Geoff Marshall of Londonist for enlightening us in one of his gem-like short videos 'Secrets Of The Waterloo And City Line'.

The plaque is on the ledge below the shield.

There are similar abandoned shields at both ends of the Rotherhithe Tunnel.

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Greathead shield at Bank

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Waterloo & City Railway

A shuttle service between Waterloo and Bank (previously 'City') stations desi...

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James Henry Greathead

Railway and tunnelling engineer. Born in Grahamstown, South Africa. Arrived i...

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Greathead shield at Bank

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Docklands Light Railway

An automated light metro system, opened in 1987 and extended four times.

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Edmund Nuttall Limited

Construction company with origins in the Netherlands.

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