Drinking Fountain, 1937 Art deco style
Reason for Listing
Cast-iron drinking fountain erected in 1937 to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Rarity: a now rare example of a once ubiquitous form of street furniture;
* Design interest: it is an attractive and relatively rare example of an art deco drinking fountain;
* Intactness: an intact example which retains its five original basins;
* Historic importance: erected to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
This drinking fountain was erected on 12th May 1937 to commemorate the coronation of T. M. King George and Queen Elizabeth.
The fountain is set within a large stone-flagged recess on the west side of North Promenade. It takes the form of a hexagonal cast-iron pillar with a stepped top; a small basin is attached to the front panel with a small plaque above reading:
THIS FOUNTAIN WAS/ ERECTED TO COMMEMORATE/ THE CORONATION OF/ T. M. KING GEORGE/ AND QUEEN ELIZABETH/ MAY 12TH 1937
Large basins are attached to the left and right side panels, and there are a pair of basins attached to the base for animals. The fountain is decorated with a variety of Art deco motifs including chevrons to the front panel, fluted motifs to the sides and the fountain has a wave-patterned top. The fountain is attached to a length of brick walling.
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