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28 May 2012

Find London's first drinking fountain

Built into the railings of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, on Holborn Viaduct, London's first Metropolitan Drinking Fountain can still be seen, complete with two cups retained on chains and marked with the words 'Replace The Cup'.

Originally installed in April 1859 and paid for by Samuel Gurney, the fountain was moved in 1867 as Holborn Viaduct was built, and then reinstated in its original position in 1913. Though no longer functioning, it is an interesting anomaly.

For more, see http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2653851

1 comment:

  1. I wonder why it took until 1859 for the first metropolitan drinking fountain to be installed. What did people do before them, if they wanted to drink, but didn't have the money for a pub?