The Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain in St Mary’s Butts, Reading is described by Historic England as “a typical Victorian amalgam of forms and conceits”. It was placed there to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.
A postcard from Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Grainger Memorial Fountain was originally in Neville Street (the road in front of Newcastle’s central station) but has now been repositioned, tucked away in Waterloo Street.
Always a nice moment when conflicting agendas collide and something good comes of it for everyone. During the ‘questions from the public and councillors’ section of an edgy and rancorous Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 24 September, councillor Tony Page seemed to suggest that St Laurence’s drinking fountain could flow again.
Woolhampton’s drinking fountain was presented to the village (which is on the A4 halfway between Reading and Newbury) by Miss Charlotte Blyth, a member of the family who owned the Woolhampton estate at the time, to mark the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. The inscription on the wall inside says “Righteousness Exalteth a Nation. Victoria R.I. Diamond Jubilee 1897”.
‘Parched City‘ was an impulse buy from the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) bookshop. The cover featuring the 1859 opening of London’s first public drinking fountain in the wall of St Sepulchre’s Church in the City of London was a magnet for this Whitley Pump correspondent.
A Reading drinking fountain restored in 1990 allows a look back at Reading’s drinking water supply in the 1860s.
Whitley Pump’s travel reporter has been on the road again and reports on two very different islands in northern Mozambique: Ilha de Mozambique, the capital of Mozambique until 1898, and Ibo Island in the Quirimbas archipelago.
This restored pump on Datchet Road opposite Windsor & Eton Riverside railway station was sent in to the Whitley Pump by Bella Sunny.
Pump and trough spotting has become an occupational hazard since contributing to the Whitley Pump.
Whitley Pump correspondent and Katesgrove resident Evelyn Williams sends a postcard from Australia that, as postcards do, arrived in Reading after she did.
I had never heard of, or as far as I can remember, seen a Bills Water Trough before I found this one in Broadford, Victoria. The dedication above the trough says ‘Donated by – Annis & George Bills – Australia’, and when I investigated I discovered that there were over 700 of these. Most of the troughs are in Australia, but there is one in Reading.
Whitley Pump correspondent and Katesgrove resident Evelyn Williams reports from New Zealand.
This water trough was erected near Queenstown in New Zealand 11,800 miles (18,900 km) from Reading. It lies on the Frankton – Ladies Mile Highway (SH6), close to Lake Hayes. The trough was designed for horses to use the upper trough and sheep and dogs to use the lower, not unlike Katesgrove’s own Whitley Pump.