Jubilee Fountain Falstone

Location: Falstone, Northumberland, England

On North Haul Road near the Old School (now a tea room) is a stone wall containing a cast iron drinking fountain. It was erected to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Within the peak of the gabled stone wall is an engraved stone, Erected / By / Subscription.

The font, design number 17 (4 feet 5 inches high) from Walter Macfarlane’s catalogue, was manufactured by the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, Scotland. The design utilizes features of the canopy used in drinking fountain number 8, and is surmounted by a palmette finial. Griffin terminals flank a highly decorated arch outlined with rope detail which also encircles a medallion hosting the profile image of a Queen Victoria with inscription in bas-relief above; 1837 VR 1897. The recessed interior of the arch contains a shell lunette from which a tap protrudes. A single drinking cup on a chain was once suspended above the fluted demi-lune basin.

The fountain was recorded as a Grade II listed building on 7 January 1988.


  • Demi-lune, half moon or crescent shape
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Gable, triangular portion of a wall
  • Griffin, winged lion denotes vigilance and strength, guards treasure and priceless possessions
  • 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
  • Terminal, statue or ornament that stands on a pedestal



2 responses to “Jubilee Fountain Falstone

  • Bronwyn Hanna

    Thanks for this interesting blog. I am currently researching two memorial drinking fountains in Ryde, a suburb of Sydney, however both have lost their drinking fountain aspect. One was opened in 1897 to celebrate the Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee, and was positioned in the centre of what has become a busy road. It was moved a few blocks away to the side of the road in the 1920s and In the 1970s it was turned into a decorative water fountain. It is remarkable because the shape of the stonework pedestal offers an outline of the queen’s profile. The second was opened in 1910 to celebrate the coming of the tram line to the suburb. Both also featured a gas lamp on a decorative cast iron post which has been removed. They are both owned by Ryde Council and you can probably get more information and photos of them from the Ryde Local Studies librarian.

  • HIS

    It would appear that both fountains are made of stone and I only catalog cast iron fountains. Good luck with your research, you may find this site very useful – there is no cost involved.

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