Friday, 13 February 2015

1247 : A Fountain Of Charity

"This fountain was erected by voluntary subscription of the inhabitants of Heckmondwike as a token of their loyalty and to commemorate the marriage of HRH The Prince of Wales with HRH The Princess Alexandra of Denmark, March 10 1863"

Poverty was widespread in West Yorkshire in the 1860s. The workhouses were full and bellies were empty. Infant mortality was high and wages - where work could be found - were low. So what did the burghers of Heckmondwike do? They built a fountain to celebrate a royal wedding.


L. D. said...

I wonder if the town thought they might get special favors for honoring those at the top of the ladder. The signal to let them eat cake stated from another Queen we know, seems to be of the similar theme.

Lisa B said...

That's interesting, I don't recall ever seeing any monuments to celebrate that particular royal wedding.
It does make you wonder about priorities.