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.'. Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 5th July 2011 in london-history | fountains, horse-and-cattle-fountains
...drinking fountains were very attractive. Many were sited opposite public houses. The evangelical movement was encouraged to build fountains in churchyards to encourage the poor to see churches as supporting them. Many fountains have inscriptions such as "Jesus said whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again but whosoever drinketh of the water I shall give him shall never thirst". By 1877, the association was widely accepted and Queen Victoria donated money for a fountain in Esher.The surviving cattle troughs are mainly large granite ones, in many cases planted with flowers. Earlier designs were of cast iron or zinc lined timber, but both were too...
 

.'. Somerset House fountains .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 27th August 2011 in london-history | fountains
...The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court is at the heart of Somerset House - a dignified courtyard with a mischievous streak.The array of jets dance in an orchestrated sequence, with added coloured lighting at night - a refreshing surprise on a warm summer day.The fountains are normally switched on for spring and summer months, except when events take place in the courtyard which require them to be off; during Xmas time the space is taken by an amazing Ice Ring.To be honest nothing really matters, if you are near Somerset House during the Summer do this: Take your shoes off and run around the fountains...you will never be the same. Run like when you were a kid and...
 

.'. London's First Drinking Fountain .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 7th February 2011 in london-history | fountains, listed-buildings
...alled 140 fountains in London. Many of them have also survived....
 

.'. Horse and Cattle Fountain .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 16th December 2011 in london-history | horse-and-cattle-fountains
...Every now and then I have come across old granite horse troughs that have long outlived their original purpose but which usually have an interesting inscription behind them. Most of them are now glorified flower-beds but originally they served the philanthropic purpose of providing clean drinking water both for the local residents and for the assorted animals of London. The story of the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association is an interesting one and I was surprised to read that they are still in existence - albeit in a much reduced form. I expect I'll be adding to this one over the years but here are a few that I've come across re...
 
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