Edward VII Marriage Fountain

Set into a gabled ashlar wall at the northwest corner of St. David’s Church in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales is a cast iron drinking fountain commemorating the marriage of the Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandria of Denmark.

The cast iron frame is in the form of a stylized shield with curved and winged edges. The top part of the shield forms a lunette of a winged cherub resting upon clouds. Beneath the cherub is a recessed arch which contains the drinking well above which is a Biblical engraving.

Each side of the arch is decorated with ivy tendrils. On the left side is a seated figure of Jesus Christ pointing with his left hand to the engraved verses 13 and 14 of St John’s Gospel, Chapter IV. Jesus Said Unto Her, Whosoever Drinketh Of This Water / Shall Thirst Again: / But Whosoever Drinketh Of The Water / That I Shall Give Him, / Shall Never Thirst. / John, IV, 13.  14. To the right of the drinking well is a seated figure of the Woman of Samaria with her right hand resting on her cheek and her left hand on a tall urn.

A dedication inscription is located beneath the well, To Commemorate The Marriage / Of The / Prince of Wales / March 10th / 1868.  The scalloped lower edge of the shield is also engraved, Cast by the Coalbrookdale Co.

The fountain was designed by W. & T. Wills and manufactured by Coalbrookdale Company Ltd. It was listed a grade II historic building in 1988.

Glossary

  • Ashlar, finely cut stone
  • Lunette, the half-moon shaped space framed by an arch, often containing a window or painting

Image Sources

http://www.alangeorge.co.uk/stdavid’schurch.htm

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3002032

http://www.waymarking.com/gallery/image.aspx?f=1&guid=061f3d88-4fd0-4f72-bdf4-0419eac2c8e5

 

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