Sunday, 23 October 2011

Forgotten London - Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association

One of the many things I love about living in London is finding the abandoned relics of a bygone age standing forgotten and un-noticed in the urban landscape.

This is just outside Clapham Common tube station.

A quick internet search reveals that, during the 19th century, clean safe free drinking water for all was very scare.  The Metropolitan Free Drinking Fountain was set up in 1859 to provide free drinking water for London's general populace.  The foundation set up drinking fountains and troughs like this all over London which immediately became not only very popular but vital for a healthy population.  As the infrastructure increased and drinking water became available inside the home, these fountains fell into disuse.

As for me, I wish there were still horses and cattle in London to stop and take a long cool drink at troughs like these.


Anonymous said...

There is another of these fountains in Brockwell Park by Herne Hill, always meant to look it up but always forgotten so many thanks for the info

have a lovely weekend


Beautiful Things - Cathy said...

Hi there

Thanks for commenting. I'll have to keep an eye out for the Brockwell Park fountain when I'm passing through.



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