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Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association

Started by Samuel Gurney MP and the barrister, Edward Thomas Wakefield. Founded as the Metropolitan Free Drinking Fountain Association it changed its name to include cattle troughs in 1867.  London Details have a terrific post about this organisation.

MDFCTA is a great site, aiming to collect all these troughs and fountains, and not just those in London. Do let them know of any they don't yet have.

Now the Drinking Fountain Association, they are still trying to provide water to the public - probably more difficult now than when they started.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association

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St Pancras fountain

This 'Matilda fountain' is a copy of the 1867 statue 'At the Spring' or 'Earl...

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This section lists the memorials created by the subject on this page:
Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association

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Bear fountain

{On a ground level plaque:} 1859 - 1939. Presented by the Metropolitan Drink...

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Beck and Runtz fountain

MDFCTA confirms that this fountain is of a unique design but we can find no r...

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Beloved friend

Is it likely that the beloved friend was a horse or dog rather than a person?

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Buxton water trough - Enfield

{On one end:} The gift of J. H. Buxton, 1879 {On both sides:} Metropolitan D...

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Buxton water trough - Spitalfields

This is the only fountain/trough in Tower Hamlets on the mdfcta site.

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Miss Rose

Miss Rose

We initially guessed that Miss Rose was a cat but in 2024 Kwok Li corrected us: the plaque commemorates “a loveable little black Pekinese dog, owned by Theodore and Elsie Crombie who lived at numbe...

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1 memorial
Margaret Mary Damer Dawson

Margaret Mary Damer Dawson

Born Sussex. Founder of the Women’s Police Force, in WW1. Organizing Secretary of the animal campaigning organisation the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society. This opposed vivisection, camp...

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Ciuffo
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Maria Dickin

Maria Dickin

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1 memorial
Tycho

Tycho

Dog buried in the V&A garden. 2016:Londonist led us to the V&A's unveiling of the identity of Tycho. Sir Henry Cole's diary for Saturday, 4 February 1882 reports ‘Out in Gardens with Tycho...

Animal, Animals

1 memorial