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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Excavation for the District Railway across Parliament Square alongside the statue of former Prime Minister, George Canning. Big Ben is in the background beyond the statue and the approach to Westminster Bridge is on the right. There is snow on ground. 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




1867 AD - 1867 AD

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