Beware the demon drink
In an effort to persuade people away fro the evils of alcohol the temperance Societies in Great Britain placed drinking water fountains at strategic places around the country. This one was erected by the Southport temperance Society in 1859 as a memorial to William Mawdsley. I'm not sure who he was but a gentleman of that name died on the 2nd January 1860 in Maghull, near Southport. There is also a village not too far away clled Mawdsley so there could be a link there.
This fountain now stands next to that den of iniquity, Southport PleasureLand, and is a mer shadow of it's former self.
The train now ar...