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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1196223
English Heritage Legacy ID: 370670
Location: Saffron Walden, Uttlesford, Essex, CB10
Civil Parish: Saffron Walden
Built-Up Area: Saffron Walden
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex
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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