The Secret Tunnel Beneath Eros

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The Secret Tunnel Beneath Eros

This remarkable photograph shows the inside of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus — best known for the statue of 'Eros' that normally sits on top.

In 1925, the statue was removed to allow construction of the subterranean tube ticket hall. The base remained in place for a while. Bizarrely, one of the main service shafts was sank within the base, as can be seen in this photograph from 1925.

Eros sat out the construction work in Embankment Gardens, before returning to Piccadilly Circus in 1931. Sadly, the monument was re-erected in a slightly different location. Wouldn't it have been more fun to have kept the access shaft as a secret entrance to the tube?

Image from The Sphere, 11 March 1925. Found in the British Newspaper Archive. Copyright Illustrated London News Group. Pedants' note: we know the statue isn't really Eros, thank you.

Last Updated 17 October 2017

Chris

Great post. Just one thing: the statue is not of Eros, but of his brother Anteros. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...

John

The statue has been moved at least once more since 1931, I think in the 1970's. When I was a teenager it was much closer to Shaftesbury Ave. My sisters ex husband was a conservator who tendered for the restoration at that time. He had to sign the Official Secrets Act because the tunnel shown in your photograph was part of a nuclear bunker.

Aladlammu

If only the third man had looked up too, he missed his moment of immortality and fame.
Interesting drill, is that an electric lead trailing away from it?