SP3277 : Restored drinking fountain

taken 3 years ago, near to Earlsdon, Coventry, Great Britain

Restored drinking fountain
Restored drinking fountain
The drinking fountain on Earlsdon Avenue South has been restored in 2015 complete with water supply. The water from the taps drains via the upper bowls down to a reservoir in the base available to passing dogs, cats and what have you.

In 2008: SP3277 : Drinking fountain on Earlsden Avenue South

As can be seen from a comparison of the two photos it has been turned through 90 degrees and is slightly further away from the road. According to the Historic England listing the fountain is one (and the only operational) of two surviving drinking fountains of this type manufactured by George Smith & Co. at the Sun Foundry, Glasgow. It was originally erected in 1870 outside SP3379 : Church of St John the Baptist, Fleet Street in the city centre (visible in a Francis Frith postcard of c. 1884, when it appears to have been surmounted by a lamp) and later moved to this location in 1921 after the opening of the nearby Memorial Park. It was reputedly in operation until the 1970s although I can't recall it working in the 1960s.

The other fountain can be seen here: TM2632 : Outside Harwich Town Station (2008) and a closer view (repainted) in 2017: TM2632 : Decorative pump outside Harwich Town station

Another very similar casting: SH6076 : Disused late Victoria drinking fountain in Beaumaris
and two others with similar bases: TR0161 : Town Pump (Faversham, 2014) and NO4900 : Toll Green Fountain Elie (2005)

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Historic England listing: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 26 October, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 26 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Roads, Road transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3238 7762 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:23.7388N 1:31.5340W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3238 7762
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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