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Fountain: Hanbury fountain

Erection date: /6/1860


{On the capital of the plinth, just below the metal structure, facing the road:}
The gift of Robt. Hanbury Esq. MP

{On the plinth, facing the road and then anti-clockwise:}
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life. Prov. 14:27
{at the bottom right of this face:}
Wills Bros Sc.

I will give unto Him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. Rev. xxi:vi

With thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light. Ps xxx:vi
At the bottom of this face:}
M. D. Fountains Association

Jesus said whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give you shall never thirst. John 4:13-14

{The trough in front of the fountain has no dedication that we could see.}

There is another fountain in a similar style in St Pancras: Thornton's Fountain, erected in 1877.

Site: Hanbury fountain (1 memorial)

SW19, Parkside

If you think this classically-styled fountain looks out of place in these leafy surroundings, you are right. It was originally installed in June 1860 on Strand at Somerset House - The Wimbledon Society have a photo of the fountain on Strand, showing a few buildings behind the fountain, one of which is The Coach and Horses which elsewhere we find was at "323 & 324 Strand, St Mary le Strand", but 323-4 don't appear on Strand on a modern map so we guess it got renumbered after the early 20th century redevelopment of the area to the north. However the photo also shows a 4-storey building marked as Great Northern Railway Company - which we believe, after being rebuilt, or refaced, became the, now defunct, Strand Station building - extant. This would put the fountain's original location in the middle of Strand, just to the west of the Surrey Street junction. And we believe it is marked on this map, as "Tr.& D. Fn." (trough and drinking fountain).

In the 1890s Hanbury lived at Sidney Lodge, Parkside. This was renamed Westfield and has been a "home of a Victorian school for Roman Catholic children" but was redeveloped and in 1983 became 53, Parkside Hospital. Hanbury died in April 1903 and on 1 March 1904 the fountain was relocated to its present site. We'd guess this was prompted by the redevelopment of the Aldwych area and that, given Hanbury's death, Wimbledon was seen as an appropriate destination.

Our researches began with information from the ever-helpful MDFCTA.

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Robert Hanbury, MP

Robert William Hanbury. Conservative politician. President of the Board of Ag...

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Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association

Started by Samuel Gurney MP and the barrister, Edward Thomas Wakefield. Found...

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W. & T. Wills

Sculptors, of 12 Euston Road.

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