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Hyde Park Conduit House - 2 Abbey Spring monument

Credit for this entry to:
Alan Patient of

Plaque: Hyde Park Conduit House - 2

Erection date: 1870


A supply of water by conduit from this spot was granted to the Abbey of Westminster with the Manor of Hyde by King Edward the Confessor. The manor was resumed by the crown in 1536 but the springs as a head and original fountain of water were preserved to the abbey by the charter of Queen Elizabeth in 1560.

Site: Abbey Spring monument (2 memorials)

W2, Hyde Park, to east of Serpentine Bar and Kitchen

The river Westbourne used to run though Hyde Park following the course of what is now the Long Water and the Serpentine and left the Park at what is now Albert Gate. It was culverted and rerouted through the Park sometime in the mid 1800s by which time it was more a sewer than a sparkling stream. So it ran very close to the spring from which Westminster Abbey was supplied with water. We wonder whether the phrase "the spring was cut off by drainage in 1861" indicates that the water supply had become contaminated from the river and so was discontinued.

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Hyde Park Conduit House - 2

Information Subjects commemorated

Westminster Abbey

Officially, The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster. According to tr...

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Edward the Confessor

King of England. Born between 1003 and 1005 at Islip, near Oxford. He is rega...

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Queen Elizabeth I

Daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Born Greenwich Palace.  Succeede...

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Manor of Hyde

An area roughly equivalent to modern-day Hyde Park. It was owned by Westminst...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Hyde Park Conduit House - 2

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Hyde Park Conduit House - 1

This plaque, which was on the east face of the plinth (the back in our photo)...

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