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Councillor J R Johnson memorial

Councillor J R Johnson Memorial

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After the outbreaks  of cholera in London in the early and mid 19th century there became a drive to provide urban infrastructure with clean drinking water. Many of these were built in parks, often as a commemoration to someone.

The one in Bowling park was  paid for by public subscription, and unveiled by the Mayor, Coun J Whitley in July 1894. 


The former water fountain is dedicated to Councillor J R Johnson. He heroically played a leading part in helping to carry 55 patients to safety from a fire at the Bradford fever hospital on Leeds road  before it was destroyed.  Sadly he died of smallpox three weeks later. 

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