Esoteric London

No. 763: Trafalgar Square, WC2

Posted in Street Furniture by esotericlondon on January 30, 2013

Trafalgar Square, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Dickens’s Dictionary of London: An Unconventional Handbook – Charles Dickens, Jr. 1882:

Until the last few years London was ill-provided with public drinking fountains and cattle-troughs. This matter is now well looked after by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association, which has erected and is now maintaining more than 800 fountains and troughs, at which an enormous quantity of water is consumed daily. It is estimated that 300,000 people take advantage of the fountains on a summer’s day, and a single trough has supplied the wants of 1,800 horses in one period of 24 hours.