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Monday, 25 November 2013

Buxton Memorial


Next to the houses of Parliament the lesser known Victoria Park, in the centre is the Buxton Memorial.  It was a drinking fountain, but it doesn't work anymore.  Commissioned by the Victorian MP and erected in 1835 to celebrated the emancipation of slaves in 1834.  I wonder how Charles Buxton and his father would feel about recent events in the UK where we are seeing people (especially women) kept against their will and forced to perform tasks determined by their captors.   Modern day slavery?

12 comments:

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

You can't legislate away all the cruelty in the world; you can only make it illegal. Buxton and his ilk should be pleased that (almost) all of us still agree with them.

Babzy said...

very nice monument :) And interesting post !

Adullamite said...

Shame the water does not run, fabulous monument.

Bill Nicholls said...

Thought it was a drinking fountain and is Buxton the same as the Bottled water you see sold in the shops now

Rebecca Bickerton said...

So glad you put this up I walked past it yesterday and was wondering about it but didn't have time to go and look. Thanks!

Sharon said...

It's a beautiful memorial. The stories of people held against their will are very disturbing. I amazes me that things like that still go on today.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The fact that Britain abolished slavery in the 1830's was influential in the American efforts to abolish slavery, achieved 30 years later.

jabblog said...

It's a very pretty memorial.

John said...

At first I thought it might have been London's memorial to our friends in the north of England. Very Victorian.

William Kendall said...

It is a beautiful memorial.

Swati Singh said...

Great memorial and splendid architecture......

Alexander said...

A beautiful memorial. Love the colours on its facade.

Alexander
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