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.'. Cornhill Water Pump .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 9th May 2011 in london-history | iron-work, listed-buildings, secret-london, water-pump
The City of London inside of the square mile has many pumps and wells which have blended in nicely with our modern day buildings. Although they are no longer in use they still have a certain amount of charm and quaintness. Many of these old pumps long ago were a necessity, and large amounts of people I am sure, would have queued along with cattle, to refresh themselves.This water pump standing on Cornhill, was used to water the horses in Victorian times, and was a replacement for the first mechanically pumped public water supply in London. Constructed here in 1582 on the site of an even earlier hand-pump, the mechanism a force pump driven by a water w...
 

.'. Water Pump - Boswell St. and Bedford Row .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 5th January 2012 in london-history | iron-work, water-pump
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. (Thomas Fuller - 1732) BOSWELL ST. - At the south of the Queen Square is a cast-iron water pump dated 1840 and crowned by a later lamp with ladder bars; situated in a circular set of cobbles the base with coats of arms of St Andrew and St George and date MDCCCXL.It has a small attached wast e water trough and is surrounded by 3 Portland stone and 1 cast-iron Gothic style bollards. It is one of those good features we see in London and wonder how busy it used to be in its time. Who use it? Did the Victorians Hospitals around were one of the customers? BEDFORD ROW - This beautiful old water pump,...
 

.'. Cholera outbreak in Soho .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 31st January 2011 in london-history | old-pubs-w, water-pump
The 1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak was a severe outbreak of cholera that occurred near Broad Street (now renamed Broadwick Street) in Soho district of London, England in 1854. This outbreak is best known for John Snow's study of the outbreak and his discovery that cholera is spread by contaminated water.In the mid-19th century, the Soho district of London had a serious problem with filth due to the large influx of people and a lack of proper sanitary services. Many cellars (basements) had cesspools of nightsoil underneath their floorboards. Since the cesspools were overrunning, the London government decided to dump the waste into the River Thames. This act...
 

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

Posted by danielemiddleton on 5th July 2011 in london-history | fountains, horse-and-cattle-fountains
The Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association was an association set up in London by Samuel Gurney an MP and philanthropist and Edward Thomas Wakefield, a barrister in 1859 to provide free drinking water. Originally called the Metropolitan Free Drinking Fountain Association it changed its name to include cattle troughs in 1867, to also support animal welfare.The Society was inaugurated in 1859 with the requirement "That no fountain be erected or promoted by the Association which shall not be so constructed as to ensure by filters, or other suitable means, the perfect purity and coldness of the water."Gradually the association became more wi...
 

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

Posted by danielemiddleton on 7th February 2011 in london-history | fountains, listed-buildings
As well as an executian site for heretics and dissidents, Smithfield Meat Market was once a slaughterhouse. The axious herds awaiting the butcher's blade were at least granted a drink of water at the catle trough on West Smithfield.The trough bears the logo of the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association, "the only agency for providing free suppliers of water for man and beast in the streets of London", according to early advertisements. The association was established in 1859 by Samuel Gurney, an M.P. alarmed by the insalubrions quality of London's drinking water after Dr. John Snow had identified it as the source of a cholera outbr...
 

.'. Cousin Lane Drinking Fountain .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 23rd April 2017 in coal-holes |
In an attempt to improve the water quality in London the Metropolis Water Act of 1852 made a "provision for securing the supply to Londo  of pure and wholesome water". Around the same time the "Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association" was formed. The only agency fir providing free supplies of water for man and beast in the streets of London. ...
 
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