Memories of drinking fountains in Watford High Street and Watford Heath

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The Watford Observer is again delighted to team up with its friends at Watford Musem to look at some structures or objects from the town’s past that have either disappeared or been relocated. Today we remember some public drinking fountains.

The museum’s volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: “One of the earliest known public drinking fountains in the town existed between 1863 and 1874, in the Market Place where the town pump had stood.

The public drinking fountain at Watford Heath. Image: Watford Museum

“Others followed at a number of locations including at the cross roads at the top of the High Street. Another was at Watford Heath which was erected in memory of W T Eley in 1883. I believe both were removed in the 1950s.

“More fountains were located at the recreation grounds in Cassiobury Park, Callowland and Watford Field.”

Watford Museum is open Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

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