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The construction of the tunnels beneath Lords Cricket Ground.

The construction of the tunnels beneath Lords Cricket Ground.

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L1341. Much to the annoyance of W. G. Grace and his fellow cricketers, the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway opted to build their new railway directly beneath Lords Cricket Ground in St. Johns Wood. Eventually the cricketers conceded as they were promised a brand new pitch, and this photograph shows the construction work in progress. The tunnels were built by the 'Cut & Cover' method, rather than boring, and this is shown to good effect here. The wooden centrings are in place and the brick courses are being built up. The scale of the work can be judged by the group of navvies gathered in the bottom right of the picture. When finished, the area would be covered over and the new cricket pitch laid. The work was carried out by J. T. Firbank of London Bridge between 1894 and 1898.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1896
TypePhotographic prints - Black & White
Photographs - 
Formatdimension.H - 118mm
dimension.W - 161mm
IdentifierNewton - E 3/6
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationpart of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
copy of - glass plate negative
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - St. Johns Wood, London (O.S. Ref: 526800 182800)
period - circa 1896
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
RightsLeicestershire County Council