TQ1656 : Drinking trough

taken 8 months ago, near to Leatherhead, Surrey, Great Britain

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Drinking trough
Drinking trough
Former drinking trough, inscribed with the words "Be merciful to all God's creatures". The inscription on the right hand end is "Presented by Mrs Braybrooke of Eastbourne 1905". Although not specified as such, it would appear typical of the type promoted by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association.

This is not its original site, which was at the junction of Bull Hill and Kingston Road. It had been donated to the town in 1905 by Mary Braybrooke when nearby Bradmere Pond was filled in prior to the site being developed for Park Rise the following year. The trough was removed in 1964 when the junction was to be remodelled. It was going to be destroyed but was purchased privately by a Dennis Hooker and was kept firstly in the owner's garden in Vale Lodge (off Downs Lane) and later in Orchardleigh (off St Nicholas Hill). It was moved to its present site by the local council in 2002. It originally had a drinking fountain incorporated in it, but this had been lost during its various moves; also the granite base is not original.

In the background is the tower of the Church of St Mary and St Nicholas.
Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association
The Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association was founded in 1859 initially to provide clean drinking water in public places for people in London, but soon extended to include animals and also outside London itself. It is still active, with the objectives of:

The promotion of the provision of drinking water for people and animals in the United Kingdom and Overseas
The preservation of the Association's archive materials, artefacts, drinking fountains, cattle troughs and other installations.

For full details of its history, see LinkExternal link.
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TQ1656, 667 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Thursday, 11 April, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 15 April, 2019
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Water resources 
Place (from Tags)
Leatherhead 
Church (from Tags)
St Mary and St Nicholas 
Person (from Tags)
Mrs Braybrooke  Mary Braybrooke 
Charity (from Tags)
Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 166 561 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:17.5364N 0:19.6708W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 166 561
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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