Pease Woodland Fountain

Location: Darlington, Durham, England

This fountain located at the junction of Milbank Road and Woodland Road is one in a series of eight that were donated to the people of Darlington by Mr. Joseph Whitwell Pease M. P. in 1866 to promote Temperance and provide refreshment. It is featured on a stone wall boundary where Joseph Pease formerly lived.

The fountain is incorporated into a stone Romanesque arch. Spandrels on each side display the date of installation as 1866. The cast iron arch has two wide pilasters decorated with bas-relief of dolphins, tridents and bulrushes. The capitals host a roundel with palmette. The arch is decorated with fish-scale fret design and the Pease family crest; a rising dove seated upon the capital of an ionic column, holding a pea-stalk complete with blossom and pods in its beak. The arched faceplate contains an inscription, Water For The Thirsty.

The fountain was listed a Grade II historic building on 6 September 1977. It has been restored by Dr. Freshwater.

Glossary:

  • Bas-relief, sculpted material that has been raised from the background to create a slight projection from the surface
  • Capital, the top of a column that supports the load bearing down on it
  • Fret, running or repeated ornament
  • Ionic Column, a slim shaft with scroll shaped capital
  • Palmette, a decorative motif resembling the fan shaped leaves of a palm tree
  • Pilaster, a column form that is only ornamental and not supporting a structure
  • Romanesque arch, an arch created with multiple semi circular arches
  • Roundel, a small circular decorative plate
  • Spandrel, the triangular space between two arches
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