Henry Bright Memorial Obelisk

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Date:September 1881

Description:A man is standing beside the Henry Bright Memorial Obelisk in Leamington Spa.

Until the 1870s, the drinking water in Leamington Spa was mainly drawn from the River Leam and so was of a very poor quality. Henry Bright campaigned for the town's drinking water to be improved, and suggested boring for water instead of filtering it from the River Leam. Depsite initial doubts, by 1879 Leamington Spa had a clean supply of drinking water and in 1880 the Obelisk was erected to commemorate Bright.

The inscription below the photograph reads: 'To Mr W. Orange / With The Best Wishes Of Henry Bright / Mayor / September 1881'.

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Donor ref:LEAMG : M3525.1989 (69/18617)

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