Ramsey Fountain & Trough

Location: Ramsey Road & Mayes Lane, Ramsey, Essex

Richard Combe Abdy a wealthy businessman with interests in cotton and banking owned Michaelstowe Hall in 1920. He donated the drinking fountain and horse trough to replace a pond that had previously existed on the site.

Casting #16 (3 feet 3 inches high and 2 feet 7 inches wide) is a wall mounted drinking fountain in the form of a round arch trimmed with highly decorated fret detail and rope moulding. The recessed interior of the arch contains a shell lunette with a tap which poured water into a fluted demi-lune basin. The fountain is surmounted with a palmette finial and a ring from which a single drinking cup was suspended on a chain.

A rectangular cattle trough is located a short distance from the fountain. It is supported on six legs in the form of animal fetlocks. A basin for dogs at ground level is located on the left side.


  • Demi-lune, half moon or crescent shape
  • Fetlock, part of an animal’s leg above the hoof
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Fret, running or repeated ornament
  • Lunette, the half-moon shaped space framed by an arch, often containing a window or painting
  • Palmette, a decorative motif resembling the fan shaped leaves of a palm tree

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