Beamish Museum

LocationOn the west side of the road between the Beamish Museum Information Centre and Pockerley Village.
Side inscriptionMETROPOLITAN
DRINKING FOUNTAIN & CATTLE TROUGH
ASSOCIATION
Side inscriptionMETROPOLITAN
DRINKING FOUNTAIN & CATTLE TROUGH
ASSOCIATION
Front inscription
End inscription
MDFCTA number????
Type and sizeTrough 1d 9ft 6in granite
Original location????
Date erected
CommentsI believe this is a very well travelled trough. Until 1957 it was located in Princes Street, Ipswich. In 1957 it was purchased by a Mr.Leslie Watkinson of Paradise Farm, Westhall, Halesworth, Suffolk, who paid 7. At some point it was moved from Halesworth to Barford, Norfolk. It was found in a garden at Barford and kept by the eventual donor in Hingham before being collected by Beamish in 2001. Mr. Watkinson also arranged for another trough to be moved to a "neighbour" in Halesworth which I believe to be this one. According to the MDFCTA records there were two type 1D troughs in Ipswich (although neither is recorded as being in Princes Street). One, with MDFCTA number 2553/2009, was originally in Woking; the other, with MDFCTA number 0919, was originally in Dorking.
AcknowledgementsThanks to J.J. & V.G. from the Halesworth Museum, to Sylvia Watkinson, and to the curator of the Beamish Museum for providing me with information regarding this trough.