Excavating the Rotherhithe Tunnel, Rotherhithe, London

Excavating the Rotherhithe Tunnel, Rotherhithe, London
Photograph taken October 1906 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: bb99/06816

The construction of the Rotherhithe road tunnel under the River Thames between Rotherhithe and Shadwell was begun in 1904 under the direction of Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice, and completed in 1908. It was excavated using a Greathead-Moir shield. Air locks allowed the work to proceed under pressure