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George Sparkes memorial George Sparkes fountain

Fountain: George Sparkes memorial

Erection date: 1880


{Inscribed in the granite of the north, pavement, side of the plinth:}
In affectionate remembrance of the late George Sparkes of Bromley in Kent, formerly judge at Madras in the East India Company's civil service, a great and good man, gifted with every refined feeling and much esteemed by all who knew him.
Died 30 January 1878 in his 68th year.
Erected by his widow AD 1880.

{An equivalent quantity of Latin text is inscribed on the south, road, side of the plinth and we are pretty certain it says roughly the same as the English inscription.}

Site: George Sparkes fountain (1 memorial)

SW3, Chelsea Embankment

A modern plaque screwed to the west side of the plinth reads: "This plaque commemorates the completion of the refurbishment of this memorial fountain by Transport for London and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the formal opening by the Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Robert Freeman, and Dana Skelley OBE, Director of Asset Management, Transport for London, 18th May 2016."

An exceedingly dull plaque but the refurbishment left this fountain actually providing water, for people and animals. This is so rare that we will forgive them the plaque!

See the George Webster fountain in Dulwich Village for another manifestation of this design.

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George Sparkes memorial

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East India Company

Formed as a trading company but went on to effectively rule India, on behalf ...

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George Sparkes

London Parks and Gardens Trust provides: In the 1850s No 16 High Street {Brom...

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Charles Barry, Jnr

Architect particularly associated with Dulwich. Born 39 Ely Place, Holborn, e...

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Emily Sparkes

Emily Carpenter, daughter of a Bromley gamekeeper, met George Sparkes while w...

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