Monday, 11 August 2008

More Horse and Cattle Troughs

Following the dictum that you can't have too much of a good thing here are a few more Horse and Cattle Troughs that I've come across on my travels. All of them are granite troughs provided by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association

Norstead Place, Roehampton
Just by the busy A3 and opposite the cemetery (where no doubt horses pulling hearses were grateful for a rest during the service) this particular trough is even visible from satellite! All the metal fittings have been removed except for what I take to be a link to attach the cup on a chain to. I'm not sure what the rest of the fixing points were for though and there's no evidence of dedications on this one.Could it have been the fixing points for a sign or plaque? The changing road layout has left it slightly beached though.Very convenient for the graveyard opposite though and it's all uphill back to Roehampton!


Clifton Road, Kingston KT2
Tucked just off the main road this solid looking trough still has the metal grill at one end and is just for the horses. No water for humans or dogs on this one.
The dedication on the road side reads 'Gift of Miss G. L. Paterson'
Cottenham Park Road, Raynes Park
This is an intriguing trough that must have been pretty much in the country when it was set up. Now it's tucked down an insignificant side road and dead end but at least it has a nice flush of greenery to set it off. There's a metal basket at one end and I'd be interested to know what the point of it was

The 'Push' button is still in place though. I assume this would have topped the trough up if it was getting a bit low. There was also a dedication at the other end but sadly it is now unreadable and although I think the date was 1895 even that isn't too clear.

8 comments:

TheFug said...

Is the horse through on Lambeth Road, still there ? it was used in a scene of "Melody"
Some years ago i found it, once when i visited London.

Yelfy said...

Hi Fug - I couldn't say about the Lambeth Road trough, but thanks for the tip off! I did spot one the other day near the Purley Road in Croydon but as I was a passenger and didn't have my camera I had to watch it disappear into the distance. I'll get it soon though...

TheFug said...

I did make a picture of the one at Lambeth road, i will search for it, i have to scan it, before i post it.

Anonymous said...

You can find it on Google Maps (street view). Corner of Lambeth Road and Kennington Road (north side)

TheFug said...

Thank you, still have to find the picture i took,
At the time i was there, it was empty.
And the lot behind it was empty.

Metal Trough said...

Tucked just off the main road this solid looking trough still has the metal grill at one end and is just for the horses. No water for humans or dogs ... metaltrough.blogspot.com

local said...

There was a cattle trough at the top of Cottenham Park Rd, which is the top of a steep hill. The obvious place for a horse to drink after pulling a heavy load.

TheFug said...

http://www.reelstreets.com/index.php/component/films_online/?task=view&id=622&start=20