The Johnson Drinking Water Fountain

The Johnson Drinking Water Fountain

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John Grimwood started this petition to South holland district council

We, the undersigned congratulate Councillor Grocock for his wisdom in re-erecting the Johnson Fountain. However, we do not agree to re-erect it in Spalding Cemetery and respectfully demand that it is re-erected in the Market Place, Spalding, the original intended site.

 

The Johnson Drinking Water Fountain

The average life expectancy in Spalding in 1850 was 23 years and 9 months. Roughly a third of children died before reaching 5 years old. This is not perhaps surprising, as most people were dependent on well-water, which was more or less contaminated as there was no sewage system.  There were 6 slaughter houses near the town centre , none of which had proper drainage, with waste thrown into open cess pools 

In 1873 Miss Mary Ann Johnson gave the Spalding Water Works Company £1,500 to lay water mains along Winsover Road, Holbeach Road and London Road bringing pure drinking water to the areas of the town previously dependent on contaminated well water.  To mark their gratitude to Miss Johnson the Company decided to erect a commemorative public drinking fountain to supply fresh clean water to all.

In 1954 the fountain was dismantled to make way for an experimental traffic scheme.  The fountain was temporarily erected in Ascoughfee Hall gardens in 1956 until it was dismantled once again.  This time to make way for the World War II memorial in Ayscoughee Hall gardens. 

As a memorial, it would greatly benefit and enrich the town history.  The fountain would give opportunity for Spalding residents and visitors to see and appreciate the history behind this magnificent fountain commemorating Miss Johnson's generous gift of clean water to the greater good of Spalding town all those years ago. 

To be re-erected at Spalding Cemetery will limit it's attraction and opportunity for the general public to see this wonderful memorial that should be celebrated. 

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