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Memorial

Lord Ashfield - SW1 55 Broadway

Bust: Lord Ashfield - SW1

Erection date: 1950

Inscription

{Inscribed in the stone below the medallion:}
The Rt Hon Lord Ashfield PC, 1872 - 1948, Creator of London Transport

Site: 55 Broadway (3 memorials)

SW1, Broadway, 55

Designed by Charles Holden and built 1927 – 1929 as HQ for Underground Electric Railways Company of London, the main forerunner of London Underground, who in 2015 announced plans to move out and sell the building for luxury accommodation. And, 2019, the building has been sold to a hotel entrepreneur.

Sculptures on the facades are by Jacob Epstein, Alfred Gerrard, Eric Gill, Allan G. Wyon, Eric Aumonier, Samuel Rabinovitch and Henry Moore.

The Ashfield memorial is inside but can be glimpsed through a glass panel in the reception area.

The two foundation stones are either side of the main entrance: Wakley facing north, Auton facing east. A housekeeper close to retirement and a foreman stonemason - very unusual choices for laying foundation stones - a job often given to senior management or minor royalty.

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Lord Ashfield - SW1

Information Subjects commemorated

Transport for London / London Transport

This organisation has been a bit of a political football, often having its na...

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Lord Ashfield

Transport organizer and politician. Born Albert Henry Knattriess at New Norma...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Lord Ashfield - SW1

Information Also at this site

Thomas Auton

Metropolitan District Railway Company This stone was laid on 24th September ...

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Walter Wakley

This stone was laid on 13th September 1928 by Walter Wakley, foreman stonemas...

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