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London Crossrail construction unearthes shipyard

A London shipyard which closed in 1912 has been uncovered by construction work on the London Crossrail.

The HMS Warrior, the world’s first all-iron warship was completed at the site in October 1861 and was the largest, fastest, most heavily-armed and most heavily-armoured warship in the world.

The company also set up a football club for their employees using the emblem of crossed hammers, which is now West Ham United.

Jay Carver, Crossrail’s principal archaeologist, said: “The excavations so far have uncovered evidence for the site railway, forges and a furnace and machine bases with bolts that would have secured the heavy ironworks plant to the floor.

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