The construction of the Metropolitan District Railway; c.1866
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The construction of the Metropolitan District Railway; c.1866

Henry Flather

© Museum of London

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A scene in Kensington High Street during the construction of the underground Metropolitan and District Railway. The men in the foreground are shovelling and mixing cement, with a Waterman carrying buckets of water on a shoulder yoke, whilst in the background is a gang with a contractor's locomotive. From a series of 64 photographs taken in the late 1860s by Henry Flather to document the construction of the railway from Paddington to Blackfriars via Kensington, Westminster and the new Victoria Embankment. Construction was by the 'cut-and-cover' method used to build the first underground railways before the development of the tunneling shield by James Henry Greathead . The first tunneled, or 'tube', railway in London was the City & South London Line, which opened in 1890




1866 AD - 1870 AD

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