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Lightfoot Memorial Fountain
Cape Town, Western Cape

BAKER and MASEY: Architect 1907
COREWIJN and ASSOCIATES: Restoration Architect 2018-2019

Date:1907 : 2018-2019


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33°55'24.47" S 18°25'21.51" E

The memorial fountain was erected in memory of Archdeacon Thomas Lightfoot (1831-1904) - a humanitarian with great compassion for the poor and downtrodden. He was one of the founders of the first soup kitchens and night shelters for Cape Town’s homeless. He also founded the St Paul’s Mission in Bree Street. The memorial is carved out of red marble and is a replica (except for the four water troughs) of the medieval column shrine on the Piazza delle Erbe in Verona, Italy.

Over time the memorial had been vandalised by having its bronze plaques stolen. There were plans to relocate it to the Company Gardens in 2015, but in the end it remained in its original position next to the Trafalgar Place flowers sellers. It was restored by COREWIJN and ASSOCIATES in 2018-2019.

The bronze plaques on the eastern and western sides bear Lightfoot’s portrait. The plaque on the northern side reads: Archdeacon Thomas Lightfoot, and the plaque on the southern side reads Born 4th March 1831, Died 12th Nov 1904.

(Lila Komnick, January 2021)

See also City gives Lightfoot Memorial a facelift.

Writings about this entry

Crump, Alan & Van Niekerk, Raymund. 1988. Public sculptures & reliefs Cape Town. Cape Town: Clifton Publications. pg 28