SD3627 : Sparrow Park

taken 6 years ago, near to Lytham, Lancashire, Great Britain

Sparrow Park
Sparrow Park
In the centre is the Clifton Memorial Fountain.
Clifton Memorial Fountain
A listed building LinkExternal link this memorial drinking fountain was erected circa 1883 in front of the Market House in Market Square. It was removed to Sparrow Park near Station Square to make way for a War Memorial in 1909 but never connected up to the water supply.

It commemorates John Talbot Clifton of Lytham Hall (d.1882).

The drinking fountain is approx. 1 metre square in section and two and a half metres high, consisting of a square rock-faced pedestal carrying a large encircling moulded vessel which has 4 oval bowls and a square superstructure in the centre with a round-headed niche in each side containing carved dolphins, a foliated frieze and large cresting carved with the Clifton arms and motto "MORTEM AUT TRIUMPHUM".

The surrounding shelter is square, with sandstone pedestals at the corners each carrying 3 wooden pillars carved with sunflowers, and a wooden frieze inscribed on all 4 sides:

ELEANOR CECILY CLIFTON ERECTED THIS FOUNTAIN
IN MEMORY OF HER HUSBAND JOHN
TALBOT CLIFTON
WHO DIED AT HAMMAN RHEA ALGIERS APRIL 16th 1882
T, IS WELL, T, IS SOMETHING, WE MAY STAND WHERE HE IN ENGLISH EARTH IS LAID".

Attached to the west side of the shelter and standing on the ground is a full-width horse trough with segmentally bowed front.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 18 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens 
Person (from Tags)
John Talbot Clifton 
Primary Subject of Photo
Fountain 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 3654 2736 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:44.3246N 2:57.8144W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 3654 2734
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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