Richard Young Memorial started life as a drinking fountain.

15:56 22 November 2012

Memorial to Richard Young in Wisbech Park.

Memorial to Richard Young in Wisbech Park.


IN response to Dave Garford’s letter in this week’s Standard re the Richard Young Memorial, in 1995 I wrote a booklet about Richard Young for the Wisbech Society (available at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum or through the Society).

The memorial to this 19th Century local shipowner and MP was inaugurated by the Lord Mayor of London on 31st October 1872. It was originally designed as a column with a drinking fountain but on 26th November 1873, The Wisbech Advertiser’ reported: ‘A new iron fence has been placed around this monument in the Recreation Ground. It is a very innocent affair and the sheep should be cautioned not to rub against it.’ Ten years later a storm blew the column over and it was constructed in its present state, without the fountain.

Further memorials to Young are his portrait in Wisbech Council Chamber and a memorial window in Walsoken Church, the parish in which he lived.


Vice chairman Wisbech Society


More news stories

Yesterday, 15:31
The Railway Inn at Whittlesey

Police have placed a closure order on a Whittlesey pub and warned people they could be arrested if they turn up and cause any disorder.

Yesterday, 22:59
East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2015
All winners and finalists

A business that began three years ago, has since doubled in size and turnover, and now employs 125 people across three sites was a star of the Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards 2015.

Fri, 15:44
Michelle Deyna-Hayward, Gill and Stephen Jones attend the Remembering Steve Strange Party, Cafe Royal, London 2015

March artist Michelle Deyna-Hayward was among the guests at a star-studded evening held to celebrate the life of new-romantic 80s icon Steve Strange.

Fri, 14:00
The Mayor Cllr Alex Miscandlon, Joyce Slater and Cllr Julie Windle.

A woman from Whittlesey received a bouquet of flowers from the mayor to mark a very special occasion ... her 100th birthday,

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition