Fountain

(lost) Bryant & May Testimonial fountain - lost

Erection date: 5/10/1872

This elaborate fountain was commissioned by Bryant and May to celebrate the abolition of the proposed match tax in 1872. Erected by public subscription and demolished when the road was widened in 1952/3.

Our picture, a print held by the British Museum (link now dead) shows Bow railway station behind the fountain.  The print has the pencilled note: "Opened by Lord Mayor at 12 Saturday 5 Oct / Temperance Banquet at 12.30". The Lord Mayor in October 1872 was Waterlow.

Site: Bryant & May Testimonial fountain - lost (1 memorial)

E3, Bow Road

The picture postcard showing the station with the fountain in front is in the John Alsop collection and comes from Disused Stations which provides a very thorough and well-illustrated history of the station (1850 - 1965).

Though lost the memorial is not entirely forgotten - there is a plaque commemorating it a little further to the east.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Bryant & May Testimonial fountain - lost

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Match tax abandoned

I871 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Robert Lowe, proposed a tax on matches....

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Bryant and May - Fairfield Works

Halfway along Fairfield Road stands the old Bryant and May Factory. A Grade I...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Bryant & May Testimonial fountain - lost

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Rowland Plumbe

Architect. Also known as Roland Plumbe. Designed many residential schemes acr...

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John Wesley Seale

Sculptor. Born Wiltshire. His son, J. H. G. and his grandsons, J. H. and A. B...

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Sir Sydney H. Waterlow

Philanthropist. Born in Crown Street, now Sun Street, EC2. Brought up in Mile...

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