Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, unveiled the Iron Duke sculpture on 14 November. The Iron Duke was one of the first broad gauge locomotives to run on the Brunel Great Western Railway mainline from London to the West Country which passes underneath one of the Hanger Lane bridges carrying the North Circular Road. The bridges have just been renewed by Transport for London (TfL). The Society and local residents’ associations were involved in their redesign and in particular the parapet of the bridge nearest the Art Deco Grade 2 listed Ealing Village.
The sculpture was commissioned by Ealing Arts+Leisure and largely paid for by TfL with contributions from Ealing Common Ward Forum and local groups. The designer was Michael Sinclair and the sculpture was crafted by Sussex blacksmith Julian Raffe.