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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Alice Maud Denman and Peter Regelous Memorial Drinking Fountain

Summary

Type Fountain

     Circular column mounted on a stone (possibly granite) base, square with chamfered corners, and two stone blocks mounted as steps up to two drinking bowls, with taps (not working). Patterned marble surface around central portion of column, on the east-facing side of which is mounted an oval plaque, incised as above.
          Arthur William Regelous, popularly known as Peter, died in a fire at 423 Hackney Road on the night of April 19th/20th 1902 trying to save the lives of the occupants, Mrs Alice Maud Denman and her four children, all of whom were killed. The tragedy had a great impact on the area and the funerals of the victims were attended by massed crowds. A fund was set up by the Mayor of Bethnal Green 'in aid of the sufferers by the fire'(1) to which the Princess of Wales contributed a cheque for £10, and the memorial drinking fountain, with commemorative plaque, was erected the following year, in 1903.

Inscriptions

Incised on oval plaque, facing east, in capital letters: MEMORIAL TO / ALICE MAUD DENMAN / AND / PETER REGELOUS / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN ATTEMPTING / TO SAVE OTHERS / AT A FIRE AT 423, HACKNEY ROAD, / ON THE 20TH APRIL, 1902. / ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION. / C.E. FOX, MAYOR. / R.VOSS JUNR TOWN CLERK.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Not known, None Not Known

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Fountain (2 drinking bowls with taps) Stone and emerald pearl granite 239cm high x 106cm wide
Base Stone or granite 12cm high x 188cm wide x 193cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
TH003 UEL
General condition Fair
Surface condition
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Cambridge Heath Road
Precise location Bethnal Green Museum Gardens
A-Z ref 84 Yb 41
OS ref TQ350828
Date of design 1902-03
Year of unveiling 1903
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Public subscription
Duty of care London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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