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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

St Lawrence and Mary Magdalene Drinking Fountain

Across the road from St Paul's Cathedral is a large monument but on closer inspection it turns out that this was a drinking fountain.

It is known as the St Lawrence and Mary Magdalene Fountain. I have walked past this monument many, many times and wondered what it was but today I stopped and photographed it so I could research it a little more when I got home.

The fountain was originally erected in 1866 outside the church of St Lawrence Jewry near Guildhall as a gift to the City of London from the Metropolitan drinking fountain and cattle trough Association. When the Guildhall was redeveloped in the 1970s the fountain was dismantled into 150 pieces and put into storage. It was restored and rebuilt in its present position in 2010. So now I know and if I could remember all these interesting facts I could really impress all those people who stop to look at the monument.

The water fountain was designed as a sculpture that produced drinking water into a bowl  when a metal knob was pushed.

Above the large drinking bowl is this relief which  shows Moses striking a rock from where  water still trickles down into the bowl beneath. To the left of Moses a woman holds a small drinking bowl to the lips of a small child. 

 So the next time any of you are in London, take a minute to look across the road from St Paul's Cathedral and have a look at the fountain yourself.


  1. I'll do that, the next time I'm in London, for sure. Oh wait: I probably won't get there except through your blog! :-)

  2. What sticks out in my head is that there was a group called "Metropolitan drinking fountain and cattle trough Association"


  3. Wow, I will be in June so definitely I am going to see it. Thanks for sharing photos.

  4. I'll have to. I don't remember seeing it during my last visit.

  5. Next time when I am in this area ! I will pay attention !

  6. I bet we walked right by it without noticing it when we visited St. Paul's. Does it still work as a fountain?

  7. I will look for it! I really like the relief of Moses and the woman.

  8. Thats an impressiv e drining fountain and it's good it was retored even if it's not in the original place

  9. Such an elaborate construction to simply dispense water. It is great that it was restored and relocated to a prominent place.


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