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Queen Victoria Memorial Drinking Fountain

Monday 14th June 2021

Queen Victoria Memorial Drinking Fountain

The "unattractive temporary repair"

During lockdown, a panel of glass disappeared from the lamp of the Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee memorial drinking fountain which stands outside Hampton Wick Library. In recent months, the memorial had received an unattractive temporary repair. Following liaison with our Councillors, the HWA is pleased to be able to report that it has now been fully repaired.

Renovated lantern on Queen Victoria Memorial

Built with public donations in 1897, the memorial was originally sited on the High Street to commemorate sixty years of Queen Victoria’s reign. With the arrival of trams in the early 20th century, the fountain was relocated to the junction of Church Grove and Hampton Court Road. Here it mouldered and became overgrown, losing its lamp in the process.

Half a century later, in 1977, the year of our Queen’s Silver Jubilee, the memorial was restored and moved it to its current position by the Library’s entrance. The Hampton Wick Association was actively involved in this project and indeed raised most of the money needed – see letter below from the HWA archive:

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Larger version (PDF) – Charlotte Shaw letter about Jubilee Fountain

In 2016, the HWA and the Friends of the Library noticed that the memorial was being swamped by a nearby overgrown tree. We worked with the Council and Richmond Housing Partnership to have the tree removed and to give the memorial a greatly enhanced setting, making it once again a fitting marker of the entrance to the Library. Click here to read all about it.

We’re delighted that this latest set of repairs has now been completed so that our beloved memorial will continue to shine brightly for years to come.