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Drinking Fountain

A Grade II Listed Building in Saffron Walden, Essex

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Latitude: 52.0238 / 52°1'25"N

Longitude: 0.2412 / 0°14'28"E

OS Eastings: 553871

OS Northings: 238525

OS Grid: TL538385

Mapcode National: GBR MC3.1TP

Mapcode Global: VHHL4.4DDD

Entry Name: Drinking Fountain

Listing Date: 1 November 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1196223

English Heritage Legacy ID: 370670

Location: Saffron Walden, Uttlesford, Essex, CB10

County: Essex

District: Uttlesford

Civil Parish: Saffron Walden

Built-Up Area: Saffron Walden

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

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Listing Text



Drinking Fountain


Ornamental drinking fountain in centre of square. 1862.
Designed by J Bentley (Westminster Cathedral) to commemorate
marriage of Edward, Prince of Wales. Purchased by G Stacey
Gibson and exhibited at the Imperial Exhibition. In
contrasting stone with spouts and bowl on E and W faces.
Ascending from essentially cruciform base of red sandstone
with stepped podium. Niche on N and S sides, S side contains
animals' drinking bowl. White limestone stage with
semicircular bowls in grey marble. Then, upper ornamental
stages in oolitic limestone with green and red brecciated
marble shafts, also inlaid work in marble and glass.
Crenellated cornice with supporting corner shafts and
corbel-table, then, surmounting gabled trefoiled niches with
clustered corner shafts to each face containing Biblical
figure sculpture with water or building themes. Above, stages
reduce in 2 registers of castellated units with corner shafts
supporting angle turrets, upper one has marble roundel with
coloured marble ball pattern (in Venetian style) on each face,
iron finial passes through iron circlet with glass bead
(White M: Saffron Walden's History: Saffron Walden: 1991-:

Listing NGR: TL5387138525

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