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Fountain in Vivary Park, Taunton

Description: Fountain in Vivary Park

Grade: II
Date Listed: 4 July 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 269948

OS Grid Reference: ST2277324080
OS Grid Coordinates: 322773, 124080
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0109, -3.1022

Location: Mount Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3PX

Locality: Taunton
Local Authority: Taunton Deane Borough Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA1 3PX

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Listing Text

Fountain in Vivary Park
ST 2224 SE 11/415
A richly detailed composition set in the middle of Vivary Park. Large circular
basin with central fountain erected in memory of Queen Victoria and completed 1907.
Colourwashed stone base with cast iron detail. The central fountain has clustered
columns to the base with 4 attached shafts and brackets supporting lively putti
riding on the backs of grotesque dolphins with foliated tails. Good curved reliefs
of rural scenes on curved facets of the central shaft. Above is a large circular
bowl with crested outer rim and bullrush detail on underside. Above this, the central
shaft is surrounded by daffodils and 4 pelicans with outstretched wings, the spouts
of the fountain in their breasts. Finally, on top is a smaller bowl with scallop
shell detail supporting a robed female figure with torch raised in left hand.
The outer rim of main basin on ground has rosettes and a cartouche with details
of the dedication.

The listed buildings in Vivary Park and Mount Street form a group together with
the School, Unitarian Chapel, the Lawn and Mary Street House in Mary Street.
Wilton House in Hammets Walk, and Nos 1 to 14 (consec) Upper High Street.

Listing NGR: ST2277324080

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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