United Kingdom Provident, Water fountain outside Adelaide House
In 1859 the directors of UK Provident decided to build a water fountain outside their offices at London Bridge as a gift to the public. The company paid a woman 2s 6d a day to attend the fountain and keep it clean. It is said that, during the hop-picking season, women on their way to London Bridge Station to catch trains to Kent would stop at the fountain to wash their babies and cooking utensils.
Catalogue no: FL363
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