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Fountain: Reardon drinking fountain - Avondale Park

Erection date: 22/7/1909


{On the plinth:}
Metropolitan Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough Association

{And possibly:}
Miss Ellen Reardon, in memory of her father, mother and sister, Daniel, Elisabeth and Margaret Reardon, 1880.

There are a number of Reardon fountains of this design and most seem to have the identical dedication inscription. A photo of a similar fountain at Strand on the Green shows the dedication inscription engraved in the granite of the plinth. We did not see this in Avondale Park but letters carved in granite can be very difficult to see, especially on a sunny day. We need to get back, crouch down in the middle of a flower bed and use our fingers to feel for the inscription (and just brazen out the strange looks).

But we've also read of these Readon fountains with an attached plaque carrying the inscription (with the same text as at Strand on the Green) so perhaps we need to look for screw holes rather than an inscription.

2021: We returned and can now confirm that, apart from the MDFCTA inscription, nothing is carved into the plinth, but there are 4 screw holes showing that a plaque was attached to the plinth at some point. Also, the top of the central circle of granite is damaged as if something has been removed.  Compare this fountain with that on the Strand and you can see what.

Site: Reardon drinking fountain - Avondale Park (1 memorial)

W11, Walmer Road, Avondale Park

A pdf from RBKC says: "Made in grey sparkling granite, it was installed in Avondale Park in 1909 and funded by the Reardon Memorial Trust, who were responsible for 109 drinking fountains. It was taken over by the then Royal Borough of Kensington in 1936."

The fountain is in the middle of the round flowerbed that you can just see in our photo. Despite the sun being in the in wrong place we wanted to capture the gate piers since they have some nice Art Deco features including roundels with 'KV', for Kensington Vestry.

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Reardon drinking fountain - Avondale Park

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Daniel, Elisabeth and Margaret Reardon

Father, mother and sister to Miss Ellen Reardon who, via a bequest, erected d...

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Reardon drinking fountain - Avondale Park

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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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Miss Ellen Reardon

At the ever-informative MDFCTA we find: Ellen Reardon of 2 New Terrace, Islin...

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