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Drinking Fountain

A Grade II Listed Building in Monkseaton North, North Tyneside

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.0524 / 55°3'8"N

Longitude: -1.4501 / 1°27'0"W

OS Eastings: 435230

OS Northings: 573243

OS Grid: NZ352732

Mapcode National: GBR LB90.VN

Mapcode Global: WHD4K.P8PK

Entry Name: Drinking Fountain

Listing Date: 5 December 2012

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1410877

Location: North Tyneside, NE26

County: North Tyneside

Electoral Ward/Division: Monkseaton North

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Whitley Bay

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Monkseaton St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Summary

Drinking Fountain, 1937 Art deco style

Description

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.

History

This drinking fountain was erected on 12th May 1937 to commemorate the coronation of T. M. King George and Queen Elizabeth.

Reasons 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.

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