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Steam navvy at work near Wembley Tower

Steam navvy at work near Wembley Tower

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L2387. A Ruston steam navvy - complete with an improvised shelter typically fashioned from corrugated metal - works in the shadow of Wembley Tower to excavate a cutting on the Neasden to Northolt line, circa 1903. This curious looking structure was the result of an ambitious scheme led by Sir Edward Watkin. Intended to be some 350m (1,150 ft) high, the tower's construction was problematic and the project soon ran out of money. At just 61m (200 ft) tall the building work ceased, and all that remained of Watkin's great vision were the four huge legs that straddled the Middlesex countryside. Demolished in 1907, the site of the tower later became the home of Wembley Stadium.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1903
TypePhotographs - Black and white
Formatdimension.H - 120mm
dimension.W - 165mm
IdentifierNewton - W 4/7
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationcopy of - glass plate negative
part of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Wembley, Middlesex (O.S. Ref: 519300 185400)
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
period - circa 1903
RightsLeicestershire County Council