Name our Tunnel Boring Machines

To build London’s super sewer under the River Thames, Tideway will be using a total of six machines which all need a name. Tradition tells us that to keep the tunnellers safe underground, a female name should be given to the machine before she sets off on her journey.

We want you to have a say on which women we should recognise as part of our work to clean up London’s river for generations to come.  

The names below all relate to the local area where our machines will start tunnelling from so which do you think should be honoured by Tideway?

Once the voting closes, the most popular names for each machine will be announced. We’ll then be creating resources to provide to local schools on why these women are so important to their community, and how that relates to Tideway.

More information here: TBM Naming.

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What's involved

To complete the mission you must
complete 3 simple steps:

name the TBM

  • Choose an area
  • Select a name
  • Share with friends


Step 2

Fulham Choose one name

Christina Broom

Christina Broom, 1862 – 1939. Born and raised in London to Scottish parents, she lived with her husband and daughter in Fulham and became the first female press photographer.

Rachel Parsons

Rachel Parsons, 1885 – 1956. Engineer and advocate for women's employment rights, she set up the first women-only engineering company in Fulham.

Beryl Crockford

Beryl Crockford, 1950 – 2016. A world-champion and Olympic rower who represented Great Britain from 1975 to 1986 and grew up in Fulham.

Wandsworth Choose one name

Attracta Rewcastle

Attracta Rewcastle, 1897 – 1951. First female commissioned officer in the Royal Navy. Born in Ireland but later lived with her husband, Cuthbert, in Wandsworth where he was a County Court Judge.

Charlotte Despard

Charlotte Despard, 1844 – 1939. A key leader in the Suffragette movement and political activist, she lived in Wandsworth.

Margaret Rutherford

Margaret Rutherford, 1892 – 1972. English actress who lived in Wandsworth and first came to prominence following World War II. Rutherford was appointed an OBE in 1961 and a Dame Commander (DBE) in 1967.

Battersea Choose two names

Mary Tealby

Mary Tealby, 1802 – 1865. Founder of Battersea Dogs and Cats home in 1860 - the same year as Sir Joseph Bazelgette's new sewer system.

Constance de Rothschild

Constance de Rothschild, Lady Battersea (1843–1931), married to become Lady Battersea and was proudly committed to social reform and was a key figure in reforming women’s prisons saving young Jewish girls from prostitution.

Millicent Fawcett

Dame Millicent Fawcett, GBE (1847 – 1929) was an English feminist, intellectual, political and union leader, and writer. She is primarily known for her work as a campaigner for women to have the vote.

Audrey 'Ursula' Smith

Dr Audrey 'Ursula' Smith (21 May 1915 – 3 June 1981) was a British cryobiologist, who discovered the use of glycerol to protect human red blood cells during freezing. Her work was done at King’s Hospital London, near Battersea.

Margaret Winifred Tarrant

Margaret Winifred Tarrant (1888 – 1959) was an English illustrator, and children's author from Battersea. She began her career at the age of 20, and painted and published into the early 1950s.

Bermondsey Choose one name

Ada Salter

Ada Salter, (1866 –1942). An English social reformer, environmentalist, pacifist and Quaker. She was one of the first women councillors in London (in Bermondsey), the first woman mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles.

Selina Fox

Selina Fox, (1871 –1958). A pioneering doctor who set up Bermondsey Medical Mission for the poor and disadvantage residents (mainly women and children) in Bermondsey. It still continues today as a charity.

Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray CBE, (1920 – 2015). An international bicycle racer, born in Bermondsey, who founded the women's cycle racing association. She worked as an engineer during WW2.

Greenwich Choose one name

Agnes Beckwith

Agnes Beckwith (1861 – 1898). An English swimmer who made history in 1861 by swimming five miles of the Thames from London Bridge to Greenwich. She was only 14 at the time.

Mary Lacy

Mary Lacy (1740 – 1801). A British sailor, shipwright and Deptford property developer. She was arguably the first of her gender to have been given an exam and a pension from the British admiralty as a shipwright.

Annie Scott Dill Russell

Annie Scott Dill Russell (1868 –1947). The first female scientist to work at the Greenwich Observatory and worked as a 'Lady Computer'. She worked for the Astronomer Royal. Willian Christie, and paved the way for women in science.

Thank you!

We’ll be announcing the results soon. Follow @TidewayLondon for updates.