Sir Hugh Myddelton

Sir Hugh Myddelton

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The Statue of Hugh Myddelton in Islington Green, London, England, commemorates Hugh Myddelton (1560–1631) near the site of the original terminus of the New River in whose construction he had played a major role. John Thomas (1813–1862) was commissioned to create the sculpture which was unveiled by the Chancellor of the ExchequerWilliam Gladstone, in 1862. It was presented jointly by Sir Samuel Morton PetoMP for Finsbury, the New River Company, by then a significant local landowner, and the local authority. The statue is made from Sicilian marble supported by a granite plinth.

Sir Hugh Myddelton (or Middleton), 1st Baronet (1560 – 10 December 1631) was a Welsh clothmaker, entrepreneur, mine-owner, goldsmith, banker and self-taught engineer. The spelling of his name is inconsistently reproduced, but Myddelton appears to be the earliest, and most consistently used in place names associated with him.

Actor: JOHNNY SWEET
Written by: TOM BASDEN
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