Meet Hugh Myddelton
The next time you pass the Town Hall pop in and meet one of Islington’s historical greats Hugh Myddelton.
The statue of Hugh, a self-taught engineer who built the New River, which brought clean drinking water to the City of London in 1613, has been brought to life by Talking Statues London.
There is a sign on the statue that shows how to arrange for Hugh to call your phone or tablet – it’s really cool!
By scanning a QR code with your phone or typing in a web address, Hugh will call you and give you an overview of his life and achievements. (Note: he does use a bit of bad language which is why there is an accompanying warning sign!)
Hugh was thought to be born in 1560 and died in 1631. He has two statues in Islington, one at Islington Green, and one in the Town Hall.
He is not the only Talking Statue of Islington. You can also listen to Dick Whittington’s Cat statue on Highgate Hill.
Talking Statues is a great way to learn more about your local history. Using drama, humour and location technology, it breathes new life into the statues that surround us all. Come to the Town Hall and find out more!