Crossrail uncovers remains of historic Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company

By Ankeeta Munsi

Crossrail uncovers remains of historic Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company

Crossrail archaeologists have uncovered evidence of the historic Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company that closed down a century ago.

Archaeological investigations have been underway at Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, to document the rich industrial history of the site. The current ongoing works are designed to record remains of the shipyard, its engineering workshops and slipways, and relate any finds to the documented history of the site. The works will be ongoing until May 2012.

Crossrail is constructing two large shafts at the site to enable the launch of two tunnel boring machines this summer that will construct the eastern running tunnels from Limmo towards Farringdon. 

The first Crossrail tunnelling boring machine (TBM) will be launched at the Royal Oak Portal in Spring 2012 and will make its way towards Farringdon via Paddington, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road.

Later this year, the second pair of machines will be launched from Limmo driving 8.3 km (5.2 miles) west towards Farringdon via Whitechapel and Liverpool Street. A further two TBMs will be launched this winter from Plumstead and will travel 2.6 km (1.6 miles) under the River Thames to North Woolwich.

Read more about the archaeological investigations and Limmo, as well as discoveries made at other Crossrail sites throughout London in the archaeology section of the website.

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