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Leach Memorial Fountain

Location: Sturminster Newton, Dorset, England

This 8 foot high cast iron fountain in the form of a multi-tiered rectangular column has a square base with chamfered corners and apertures at ground level which previously contained troughs for dogs. The attached horse trough is seated on a ceramic brick base.

A demi basin extends from the rectangular pedestal which contains four panels with bulrush relief and a lions’ head above a Tudor rose (the floral heraldic emblem of England.) A multi-level acroter has a terminal of two dolphins intertwined around a trident. An inscription is engraved on two sides. Erected to the / memory of / J. Comyns Leach, M.D. J.P. / who practised in this / town for over 40 years / and who died at sea / March 11th 1907 / aged 65 years / and of his son / E. Comyns Leach/ B.A. Surgeon / who died at Sierra / Leone June 17th 1902 / aged 33 years.

J. Comyns Leach died on the S.S. Argonaut between Malta and Port Said. His obituary stated that he had a sympathic disposition which won the esteem and regard of all. He was a highly educated doctor who practised medicine in Sturminster for over 40 years and held many titles in the medical field. He was also a published author as well as a Justice of the Peace for the County. At the time of his death he held the appointment of County Coroner, County Analyst and Medical Officer for Heath for the District of Sturminster.

The fountain was listed a Grade II historic building on 20 October 1983.

Although the structure has been identified by British Listed Buildings as a casting by Mitchell and Sons of Bristol (the name of the supplier on a side plate) it is a Coalbrookdale casting. The Coalbrookdale name is stamped beneath the basin. This design was registered in 1864 (Rd No 173109.)


  • Acroter, flat base
  • Plinth, flat base usually projecting, upon which a pedestal, wall or column rests.
  • Terminal, statue or ornament that stands on a pedestal





Alum Chine Fountain

Location: Alum Chine, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, England

A chine is a steep dry river valley. Alum Chine is the largest of four chines within the Bournemouth area.

This 20th century drinking fountain is located at the southern end of Alum Chine near the beach. It was manufactured by Andrew Handyside’s Britannia Foundry and is a modified version of design number 24. The Company’s stamp is displayed on two sides.

The 8 foot high cast iron fountain rests on a concrete foundation inset into a small walled recess (sand has now obliterated the wall and foundation.) The multi-tiered rectangular pedestal has a square base with chamfered corners. A panel has been created on all four sides with the application of a raised border. The panel on two of the four sides is empty and the remaining two panels contain a protruding half basin with fluted edge and an inverted finial. The water spout and cup holders are missing. In their place is a plaque providing data of the manufacture and history of the fountain. The body of the pedestal is edged with sculptured fasces.

A multi-level acroter originally supported a terminal of two dolphins intertwined around a trident. Photographic evidence reveals that the trident and part of a dolphin’s tail have been missing for many years.

With exposure to the sea and weather the cast iron rusted and a fresh coat of paint applied. Although no restoration has been attempted it has regained a little of its dignity.


  • Acroter, flat base
  • Fasces, a bound bundle of rods
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Terminal, statue or ornament that stands on a pedestal

Image Sources
Alum Chine, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset
Alum Chine, fountain
Alum Chine - Bournemouth ... dolphins - Handyside & Co.