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Thursday, 4 June 2009

Cattle Trough

Yes something cows drink out of. In the middle of London? Yes again. Until late in the 19th century animals were driven in to the nearby Smithfields Market. The market is still there but it is carcasses that are brought in these days. Back when live animals were on their way to market these drinking troughs were strategically placed along the way.
Interesting that people were drinking gin and beer as the water wasn't drinkable.
Maybe the cows had gin as well. Gin was produced a few metres away from this trough so maybe daisy had a jolly end.

12 comments:

Celine in London said...

I have seen one of those near hampstead heath. how interesting!

Christopher Raun Leth said...

It's like seeing the rings used to tie horses to on old buildings in the middle of a modern city. Nice post!

Asta said...

Hi Mo,
I think it's nice that these old things are being preserved for the future. Nice shot!

Shaun said...

I never knew this. Interesting.... it is nice to see some history which is being preserved in London.

Ivy said...

Thank you for the interesting bit of history. I love learning this stuff.

The Lone Beader said...

That is really odd! London really leaves some interesting bits of history lying around!

/t. said...

how are
these different
than politicians' troughs?

/t.

Babzy said...

what a good story !

marley said...

We have one like this in the middle of Cheltenham but it is used as a planter now! I'll have to take a photo.

Ken Mac said...

great history

Amy said...

That's an amazing piece of history. how old is it?

Becky said...

Fascinating post and hilarious thought at the end. Love it!

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