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Letter to the Editor
Re: Fossil Creek Pedestrian Tunnel

Sometimes my mind does funny things. The article prompted me to think of a trip to London and Greenwich I took many years ago.

One day, I went to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors headquarters at 12 Great George Street on Parliament Square in London. As I left the building, I saw the statues of Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill side by side, facing the square.

The next day, I went to an exhibit of the history of surveying at the V&A (Victoria and Albert) museum. The next day, I took the tube to the Canary Wharf area of London on the north Bank of the Thames. The entrance to the 1,215-foot-long Greenwich Foot tunnel under the Thames is there (built in 1899-1902). I walked through the tunnel to the south bank of the Thames to the Royal Burough of Greenwich and came to the surface near the restored clipper ship, Cutty Sark. Then I walked up the hill to the Royal Greenwich Observatory and had the wonderful experience of being the only visitor at the time, which gave me a docent all to myself to give me a “special guided tour.” The museum had working examples of Harrison’s clocks.

Visiting the the whole observatory is a dream for a surveyor, especially having the docent take a picture of me standing on the 0 meridian (we corresponded for a number of years until he passed away). So, go to the Royal Observatory through the pedestrian tunnel under the Thames and enjoy yourself.


– David C. Garcelon