HC Deb 06 July 1909 vol 7 cc1022-3

asked the First Commissioner of Works if he could make any statement as to the purpose to be served by the octagonal building which was being erected in the north-west corner of Kensington Gardens?


The small building in question has been erected by the generosity of a lady who does not wish her name to be divulged, in order to provide a shelter and drinking fountain, surmounted by a clock, for the use of the children who frequent Kensington Gardens. Another anonymous donor has been equally kind in providing the swings and other equipment necessary for the formation of a playground for children immediately around the fountain. The fountain, which has been most carefully designed to harmonise in every essential with its surroundings, will, I anticipate, prove not only an addition to the appearance of that portion of the gardens, but also the greatest boon to the numerous children who have at present no playground or means of obtaining water in that part of the gardens. I am also providing a sandpit for the children.