When the City lacks Serenity

Above: ROYAL EXCHANGE BUILDINGS London EC3: Drinking Fountain (South)

From the website British Listed Buildings:

“Presented in 1911 to commemorate jubilee (50th Anniversary) of Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association; inscribed Whitehead and Sons. Elaborate design of polished pink granite and bronze. 4 semi-circular basins and standing figure with urn under classical canopy supported by 4 Ionic columns.”

From the website of the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough Association:

“Erected on 2 June 1911 at a cost of £1000.0.0 to commemorate the Jubilee of the association. Extra expenses £199.10.0. The bronze figure was stolen 11th February 1989. A replacement figure was sculpted by Stephen Melton and unveiled by Lord Mayor November 1993 cost £25,000.00.”

From The Second Website of Bob Speel:

“There are two fountains in the pedestrianised way, and that at the Cornhill end in red and black granite once contained under the canopy a statue by Joseph Whitehead, dated 1911. This was lost to vandalism at the end of the 1980s, and replaced by a new bronze semidraped girl by Stephen Robert Melton entitled ‘Serenity’, who though lacking in the nobility of the face, had a graceful stance pouring from her jug. However, this figure has now also disappeared.”


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