The Glossop Memorial, Isleworth

From: Our Mutual Friend (1864-65), by Charles Dickens:

“‘You mightn’t think it, but Sloppy is a beautiful reader of a newspaper. He do the Police in different voices’
The visitors again considered it a point of politeness to look at Sloppy, who, looking at them, suddenly threw back his head, extended his mouth to the utmost width, and laughed loud and long.”

From the website of the Heritage of London Trust:

“The Reverend Henry Glossop, born in Soho in 1780, was the Vicar of All Saints Church, Isleworth. A great benefactor of the school and almshouses, on the marriage of the Prince of Wales he laid on a street party for all the children of Isleworth, who were given rosettes to wear.

After his death in 1869 a drinking fountain was erected in Upper Square in his memory. Water was provided free of charge by the Grand Junction Water Works.

For 150 years, the fountain has been at the centre of Isleworth’s community. In the early 20th century John Weathers, a market gardener, would stand at the fountain twice a week and read out the newspaper for those unable to read. It was shrouded in bunting and wreaths during commemorative events. During WWII, the word ‘Isleworth’ on the fountain was covered by a plate to prevent the anticipated German soldiers identifying where they had landed. Restoration includes replacing the damaged plinth, repointing, poulticing of the copper staining and replacing missing parts including the copper quatrefoil plates to match and replacing the six broken panels of glass on the lantern.”

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