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Melton Mowbray Golden Jubilee Fountain

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England

I have been unable to find any images of this drinking fountain; however, according to the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland the design would appear to be a modification of #27 from the catalogue of George Smith & Co. described as a drinking fountain and lamp combined. It was installed on the footpath at the Market Place in Melton Mowbray to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.

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Manufactured at the Sun Foundry in Glasgow, the installation was completed by local companies, C. Barnes, builder; John Anderson, plumber & glazier; and the Melton Mowbray Gas Light and Coke Company. The pump was unpopular with local tradesmen who complained that children played in the water and threw water on the shop windows. It was removed to a local park named Play Close and later recycled during World War II to assist in the manufacture of armaments.

This octagonal shaped drinking fountain was a single pedestal with attic base that hosted a small trough at ground level for the use of dogs. Inset arched panels offered space for dedications, and the proposed design below includes a bas-relief profile of Queen Victoria. Two demi-lune basins were offered with drinking cups suspended by chains. Entablature with bolt consoles sat beneath an ogee cupola with panels of fleur de lys motif. The finial was a six sided glass pane lantern capped with a ball and spike finial. The image below appears to show a dedication inscribed on the base.

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  • Attic base, a column base with two rings
  • Bas-relief, sculpted material that has been raised from the background to create a slight projection from the surface
  • Console, a decorative bracket support element
  • Cupola, a small, domed structure on top of a roof.
  • Entablature, moldings and bands which lie horizontally above columns
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Ogee, curve with a concave

Hedgemead Park Fountain

Location: Bath, Somerset, England

Hedgemead Park, situated below Camden Crescent, was the scene of a landslide in the 1870s in which houses collapsed. The land remained derelict for many years until the city created a plan to transform it into a park. Designed by T.B. Silcock, it was engineered to prevent future landslides and formally opened in 1889.

A drinking fountain was erected around the same time possibly 1890. Seated on a triple tiered octagonal plinth it was manufactured at Walter Macfarlane’s Saracen Foundry in Glasgow. The drinking fountain, 10’ 10” high, is a customized structure created with font number 18; a wide base with canted corners on which is set a circular shaft ornamented with water lilies. Four lion jambs support four highly decorated quatrefoil basins. The stanchion and central column are decorated with projecting acanthus leaves and relief of willow leaves and berries. Column number 32 with four consoles protruding from the column originally suspended drinking cups on chains. The capital supports an octagonal ogee pedestal surmounted by an eagle with outstretched wings.

Symbolism was popular in Victorian times. Lions were symbolic of guardianship, and eagles represented salvation.

The drinking fountain, although no longer functioning, was recorded as a Grade II historic building on 15 October 2010.

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  • Acanthus, one of the most common plant forms (deeply cut leaves) to make foliage ornament and decoration
  • Canted corner, an angled surface which cuts of a corner
  • Capital, the top of a column that supports the load bearing down on it
  • Console, a decorative bracket support element
  • Jamb, a projecting vertical post containing sculpture
  • Ogee, curve with a concave
  • Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue
  • Plinth, flat base usually projecting, upon which a pedestal, wall or column rests
  • Quatrefoil, a type of decorative framework consisting of a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially-overlapping circles of the same diameter
  • Stanchion, an upright bar or post providing support

Horfield Common Fountain

Hoylake Promenade Fountain