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rehydratecoventry
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1 of 30  Mon 29th Jan 2018 3:37pm  
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I want to create a list of the disused drinking fountains around Coventry, with a view to getting them restored and turned on again. Do you know of any? Even better have you got any pictures of their current/former state? They have restored the one in Earlsdon by the Memorial Park, and we want to get them to restore/install new ones across the city. Thanks for any help. We are starting the campaign today and we welcome any help offered! We are on twitter @hydrationstati3 and email via the contact button Edited by Midland Red, 29th Jan 2018 7:38 pm (Email address removed for security - contact button available for forum members use)
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Helen F
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2 of 30  Mon 29th Jan 2018 7:02pm  
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The only drinking fountain I know of was the one that stood outside St John's. Very fancy affair. While I love tap water, I wouldn't want to drink from a drinking fountain unless it could be protected from people accidentally or deliberately contaminating it. A foot trigger rather than a handle would be better too. But offering more hydration gets my thumbs up. Thumbs up Thumbs up Edited by member, 29th Jan 2018 7:03 pm
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coventry49
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3 of 30  Mon 29th Jan 2018 8:49pm  
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I think there may have been an old one in Stoke Green, somewhere near the paddling pool and a more modern one inside the Memorial Park, one you had to put your mouth over and get a face full!
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OldCaludonian
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4 of 30  Mon 29th Jan 2018 9:54pm  
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You perhaps know of the water trough erected by the Coventry Chain Company on Hearsall Common as a memorial to the 47 employees who died in Great War. The actual trough has been lost but the impressive 'tower' has been re-erected in Spon End. See the Coventry Society website.
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coventry49
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5 of 30  Tue 30th Jan 2018 9:31am  
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Speaking of troughs - there was a Victorian horse trough on the London Road, at the bottom of the common not far from the end of Daventry Road in the direction of the city centre. I know it was still there in the 1950s/60s.
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Midland Red
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6 of 30  Tue 30th Jan 2018 11:51am  
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Cattle trough, Stoke Green - 15 Jul 2013
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NeilsYard
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7 of 30  Tue 30th Jan 2018 12:28pm  
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Rob 'saved' this pair from the Council Library collection -
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Midland Red
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8 of 30  Tue 30th Jan 2018 1:42pm  
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Top one looks like Priory Street, with the Art School in the background No sign of any bus shelters in Pool Meadow though Wink
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Ronald34
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9 of 30  Tue 30th Jan 2018 1:43pm  
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There used to be a horse drinking trough in Queen's Road, not far from Percy Blamire's garage. It may have been removed when the tram lines were taken up.
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rehydratecoventry
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10 of 30  Tue 30th Jan 2018 8:17pm  
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Thanks for all the help so far! If you can think of any others please let us know.
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Garlands Joke Shop
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11 of 30  Tue 30th Jan 2018 8:28pm  
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On 30th Jan 2018 1:43pm, Ronald34 said: There used to be a horse drinking trough in Queen's Road, not far from Percy Blamire's garage. It may have been removed when the tram lines were taken up.
Is this the drinking fountain/trough you're referring to? This water fountain/trough is dedicated to Caroline (Cara) Bray (1814-1905) and her husband Charles Bray (1811-1884). Here is another view of the trough from the side. Edited by member, 30th Jan 2018 9:26 pm
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Ronald34
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12 of 30  Tue 30th Jan 2018 11:40pm  
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I don't ever recall it looking so good as the photo. Although I cannot believe there could have been two so close together.
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Helen F
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13 of 30  Wed 31st Jan 2018 7:36am  
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Not the same thing as drinking fountains but I know where some of the hand pumps (like the picture above), conduits and wells were. If they're of interest?
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Kaga simpson
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14 of 30  Wed 31st Jan 2018 10:14am  
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Why does anyone want to create drinking fountains or horse troughs? They're a devil to keep clean, easy to spread disease, get misused, not pretty or necessary. Nearly every household had one (hand pump) in the twenties, cost the ratepayers a bomb to get rid of them. Looks like they will be used for flowers more than water. There was a detective book about horse troughs that was amusing.
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rehydratecoventry
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15 of 30  Wed 31st Jan 2018 2:04pm  
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People are buying a lot more bottled water, personally I have changed what I drink over the past 10 years from pop etc to mainly water and I think a lot of people have done the same. Firstly you have the plastic and waste. Secondly you have the added transport etc - bringing water from France in bottles to the UK. Thirdly the cost! Fourthly bringing these brilliant bits of local history back to working order. And finally being hydrated can never be a bad thing. It's nothing revolutionary, just seems like good common sense to me. Although I agree the horse troughs might not be the most practical solution.
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