Buxton Memorial Fountain - original position

Buxton Memorial Fountain Buxton Memorial Fountain - original position

Erection date: 1865

This screen shot comes from the 1950 film 'Dear Mr. Prohack' and shows Cecil Parker crossing Great George Street with the Buxton Memorial Fountain behind him and behind that is Westminster Hall. 1865-1949 the memorial occupied the site where Winston Churchill now stands.

Site: Buxton Memorial Fountain (2 memorials)

SW1, Millbank, Victoria Tower Gardens

As Wilberforce's health failed Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton took over in the Slave Trade abolition campaign.

British Listed Buildings provides some very interesting information including this description: "Limestone and granite, with an enamelled roof, made by Skidmore, and mosaic decoration. Elaborate and delicate Gothic pavilion with rich use of polychrome materials. Octagonal with pointed arched shafted openings and pyramidal spire-roof of brightly enamelled iron with finial. Inside, four granite drinking basins arranged around a central shaft. Eight metal figures of British rulers, by T. Earp, which once stood at eaves level, were stolen, some in 1960, the rest in 1971. These were recast in 1980, but have since disappeared."

On a nearby modern information board:
The Buxton Memorial was erected to commemorate the emancipation of slaves following the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act. The memorial was donated by Charles Buxton MP in memory of his father, Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton and those associated with him in the struggle for the abolition of slavery in the British colonies. It was originally sited in Parliament Square {in 1865-6}, but later removed {1949} and erected in Victoria Tower Gardens in 1957 to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1807 Act abolishing the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Designed by S. S. Teulon in the Gothic type, the spire is timber framed, and clad with enamelled sheet steel. Many different materials and decorative techniques are used, including grey and pink granite, limestone, grey and red sandstone, rosso marble, enamelled metalwork, wrought iron, mosaic and terracotta.

Following extensive restoration by The Royal Parks, the Memorial was unveiled on 27th March 2007 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the passing of the Act.

At its original location there is a plaque commemorating the fountain.

2017: These gardens are the site for the proposed Holocaust Memorial. It's not clear to us that this magnificent memorial, to the abolition of slavery, will survive. We won't get into the debate about which was worse: slavery or the holocaust (though there are a depressing number of websites out there that claim to know the answer) but we do think that each new human atrocity should not be allowed to wipe out the memory of those that have gone before.

We believe the mosaic work was carried out by the Salviati family.

2020: We spotted this memorial in its original location, in the 1950 film 'Dear Mr. Prohack' and captured the image.

This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Buxton Memorial Fountain - original position

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