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Drinking Fountain at Entrance to Spithead Hotel, Bembridge

Description: Drinking Fountain at Entrance to Spithead Hotel

Grade: II
Date Listed: 14 February 1992
English Heritage Building ID: 310072

OS Grid Reference: SZ6423588667
OS Grid Coordinates: 464235, 88667
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6941, -1.0919

Location: Embankment Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight PO35 5NZ

Locality: Bembridge
County: Isle of Wight
Country: England
Postcode: PO35 5NZ

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Listing Text

1352-0/2/21 Drinking Fountain at entrance to
Spithead Hotel

Drinking fountain. Erected 1910 to the memory of Rev James
Nelson Palmer, Rector of Yaverland. Built of stone and granite
with iron lamp standard (disused) above. A gigantic and
elaborate structure of 3 stages comprising a square shaft with
cruciform arms, the whole topped by gadrooned dome and
surmounted by elaborate iron lamp standard. The lowest stage
has stone arms under carved brackets enclosing alternately a
circular carved drinking fountain or quarter circle animal
trough. 2nd stage has moulded panels and round-headed drinking
fountains on 2 faces and inscriptions on the others. Very
elaborate granite console brackets set vertically and with
half-anthemion designs to arms. Top stage has moulded panels
below dome and the carved arms have masonic emblems, the Star
of David and other emblems. Inscription: 'To the memory of the
Reverend James Nelson Palmer M.A. Oxford, Late Rector of
Yaverland Isle of Wight. Past Grand Chaplain of England United
Grand Lodge of Freemasons. Past Grand Sojourner of English
Royal Arch Masonry. Member of the Royal Yacht Squadron. Ruling
Councillor of Primrose League Bembridge. Honorary Secretary of
the Life Boat Institution Bembridge and member of many other
institutions. This monument was erected by his widow, friends
and residents of the Isle of Wight, in testimony of the regard
entertained for him in his many good works.' On the opposite
side is the inscription : 'This fountain was unveiled by the
Rt. Hon'ble Lord Alverstone C.C.M.C. Lord Chief Justice of
England on the 11th of August 1910 to perpetuate the memory of
the Reverend James Nelson Palmer M.A. Oxford Born July 12th
1832. Died at Bembridge Sept. 7th 1902.'

Listing NGR: SZ6423588667

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Source: English Heritage

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