Statue of Hugh Myddelton
The statue in 2005
ArtistJohn Thomas
Year1862 (1862)
MediumSicilian marble
SubjectHugh Myddelton
LocationIslington Green, London
Coordinates51°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.[1]

The statue is made from Sicilian marble supported by a granite plinth. The plinth is flanked by two putti with urns, which form part of a fountain.[1]

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.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Statue of Sir Hugh Myddelton (Grade II) (1298044)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 May 2023.
  2. ^ "400th Anniversary of Sir Hugh Myddelton's New River". Welsh Mines Preservation Trust. Retrieved 26 October 2014.