Marine Hill Fountain

Location: Clevedon, Somerset, England

Located next to a parking bay on Marine Hill is a memorial drinking fountain and trough. It was erected in1902 as a memorial to Edward Long-Davies by his sister.

Drinking fountain number 15 from Walter Macfarlane’s & Co.’s Saracen Foundry is a wall mounted drinking fountain with a fluted demi-lune basin. An arch faceplate bears the inscription “Keep The Pavement Dry”. The interior of the arch contains a shell lunette from which a tap protrudes. Two doves represent the symbolism of the spirit drinking from the water of life. A single drinking cup on a chain is suspended on a decorative console.

The fountain was restored by the Clevedon Civic Society in 1990.

In one of the images a plaque is visible above the drinking fountain. If a reader knows the inscription, please inform me using the Comment option.

Glossary:

  • Console, a decorative bracket support element
  • Demi-lune, half moon or crescent shape
  • Lunette, the half-moon shaped space framed by an arch, often containing a window or painting

 

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