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Latitude: 51.5841 / 51°35'2"N
Longitude: -0.1489 / 0°8'55"W
OS Eastings: 528349
OS Northings: 188870
OS Grid: TQ283888
Mapcode National: GBR DS.WP4
Mapcode Global: VHGQL.CGN0
Entry Name: Drinking Fountain in Highgate Wood
Listing Date: 3 March 2003
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1096149
English Heritage Legacy ID: 490114
Location: Haringey, London, N10
Electoral Ward/Division: Muswell Hill
Built-Up Area: Haringey
Traditional County: Middlesex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: St James Muswell Hill
Church of England Diocese: London
800/0/10086 MUSWELL HILL ROAD
03-MAR-03 Drinking Fountain in Highgate Wood
Public drinking fountain in Highgate Woods. 1888. Pink Peterhead granite obelisk with chamfered angles, over a broad basin, carried on a square plinth standing on an octagonal base; the lower elements are of grey granite. Within the plinth is a narrow dog trough. The west side of the obelisk sports a bronze plaque with the inscription 'The Gift of a few Friends. Erected 1888'. Below, on the same side, is a second plaque bearing an inscription from Coleridge: "Drink, Pilgrim, here! Here rest! And if thy heart / Be innocent, here too shalt thou refresh / Thy spirit, listening to some gentle sound / Or passing gale or hum of murmering bees!"
HISTORY: a picturesquely sited example of a public drinking fountain, erected shortly after the opening of Highgate Woods as a public open space in 1886. Coleridge had strong connections with Highgate, living there from 1816 until his death in 1834; there he was buried as well.
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