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Statue of Hugh Myddelton
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The statue in 2005
Artist John Thomas
Year 1862 (1862)
Medium Sicilian marble
Subject Hugh Myddelton
Location Islington Green, London
Coordinates 51°32′08″N 0°06′13″W / 51.53568°N 0.10361°W / 51.53568; -0.10361Coordinates: 51°32′08″N 0°06′13″W / 51.53568°N 0.10361°W / 51.53568; -0.10361


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 Exchequer, William Gladstone, in 1862. It was presented jointly by Sir Samuel Morton Peto, MP 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.

On 29 September 2013 representatives of the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust and New River Action Group laid a wreath at the statue to mark the 400th anniversary of the opening of the New River.

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