John Henry Cooksey (1819-95) was a 19th century High Street grocer and wine merchant who provided one of Southampton first public water fountains. He was a Liberal councillor and mayor (1880-1881) and was much concerned with improving the living conditions of the working classes, hence his offer to fund the erection of a fountain. It was eventually established near the Terminus Terrace end of Queens Park, an area that in those days was much more heavily populated than now. It appears to have been brought into use in 1859, but it is not known how long it remained in use or what happened to it afterwards.

Newspaper clippings:

John Henry Cooksey, Esq., J.P. - (The Southern Reformer 28/08/1880)
Death of Mr. John Henry Cooksey - (Hampshire Advertiser 13/03/1895)

Further reading:
Southampton Memorials of Care for Man and Beast, by A. G. K. Leonard, p9. (HS/k)


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