Plaque

Thomas Auton

Inscription

Metropolitan District Railway Company
This stone was laid on 24th September 1928 by Thomas Auton, housekeeper 1899 – 1929, for 43 years a servant of the companies.

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.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Thomas Auton

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District Railway / Metropolitan District Railway

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Thomas Auton

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Transport for London / London Transport

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Thomas Auton

Thomas Auton was born on 14 February 1864 in Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon, pro...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Thomas Auton

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Lord Ashfield - SW1

Lord Ashfield - SW1

{Inscribed in the stone below the medallion:} The Rt Hon Lord Ashfield PC, 18...

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Walter Wakley

Walter Wakley

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

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