The Buxton Memorial Fountain is a memorial and drinking fountain in London, the United Kingdom, that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834.Make Buxton Memorial Fountain a centerpiece of your London vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our London road trip planning website .
It was commissioned by Charles Buxton MP, and was dedicated to his father Thomas Fowell Buxton along with William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Henry Brougham and Stephen Lushington, all of whom were involved in the abolition. It was designed by Charles Buxton, who was himself an amateur architect, in collaboration with the neo-Gothic architect Samuel Sanders Teulon (1812–1873) in 1865, coincidentally with the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which effectively ended the western slave trade. The memorial was completed in February 1866.
It was originally constructed in Parliament Square, erected at a cost of £1,200. As part of the postwar redesign of the square it was removed in 1949 and not reinstated in its present position in Victoria Tower Gardens until 1957. There were eight decorative figures of British rulers on it, but four were stolen in 1960 and four in 1971. They were replaced by fibreglass figures in 1980. By 2005 these were missing, and the fountain was no longer working. Between autumn 2006 and February 2007 restoration works were carried out. The restored fountain was unveiled on 27 March 2007 as part of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the act to abolish the slave trade.
Buxton Memorial Fountain Reviews
This is a memorial to record and remember the abolition of a slavery. It's very ornate with the gold decorations glinting even on a dull day. There's an information pack to explain about it more »
Lovely and ornate fountain that honours those that worked towards abolition of slavery. Great location near Parliament and located within the pretty Victoria Tower Gardens Good playground close by more »
Excellent raiding spot - pleasant environment by the river and Houses of Parliament, and one of only two EX-eligible gyms in the cell. Inbuilt cover very handy. The stirring history of the monument (Buxton was campaigner for the emancipation of slaves) somewhat overshadows its aesthetics, a misjudged combination of the drab and the twee. Still, no-one actually comes to look at the thing, right?
The Buxton Memorial Fountain is a memorial to Thomas Fowell Buxton and drinking fountain inside Victoria Towers Gardens. It was built to commemorates the abolition of of slavery in the British Empire in 1834. The memorial sits on an octagonal base, with features of Gothic architecture especially in the interior vaulting and exterior arches. The fountain contains inscriptions to the effect that it is "intended as a memorial of those members of Parliament and William Wilberforce, who advocated for the abolition of slavery.
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