Constructing the world's first underground railway, London, 1860s.

Constructing the world's first underground railway, London, 1860s.
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

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Navvies force the Metropolitan Line through a London street in the early 1860s. The 'cut and cover' method obscured much of the work below ground level, but this photograph graphically illustrates what one observer called the 'infinite chaos of timber, shafts, ascending and descending chains and iron buckets which brought rubbish from below to be carted away' and the characteristic 'wet planks over a yawning cavern beneath the pavement' which gave householders acces to their front doors.

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