SJ8398 : Queen Victoria Jubilee Statue (Middle Basin Detail)

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Queen Victoria Jubilee Statue (Middle Basin Detail)
Queen Victoria Jubilee Statue (Middle Basin Detail)
This is a closer view of the middle of the fountain's three basins viewed from the town hall side.

This hexagonal basin is of sandstone and stands on six colonettes. This basin has deep sides with a moulded band at the bottom running round the six faces and carrying an inscription in raised letters which says ‘ERECTED IN THE SIXTIETH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA ANNO DOMINI EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND NINETY SEVEN’. Above the inscription the six faces have blind tracery panels, with two of the faces having a raised central panel. That on the town hall side contains the coat of arms and motto of the city of Manchester, and the opposing panel has the coat of arms of the Duchy of Lancaster. (LinkExternal link Historic England). Above the tracery panels there is a bronze gargoyle waterspout, by sculptor John Cassidy, at the apex of each of the six angles.
Jubilee Fountain in Albert Square
The Jubilee Fountain, in Albert Square, was designed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and also to replace a temporary fountain commemorating the new supply of drinking water to Manchester from Thirlmere in the Lake District in 1894.

The three-basin fountain, in granite and sandstone, was designed by Thomas Worthington. The sculptor John Cassidy modelled the bronze gargoyle spouts and a bronze dolphin which decorated the top of the fountain. The fountain was first turned on by the Lord Mayor, Robert Gibson, in January 1898. Its cost was estimated at between £1000 and £1200.

In the 1920s the fountain was moved to Heaton Park where it stood on the south side of Heaton Hall and where, over the following 70 years, it fell into disrepair. However after being restored the fountain was returned to its original location between the statues of Bright and Fraser in Albert Square in 1997.

The fountain is Grade II-listed (English Heritage List entry Number: 1200811 LinkExternal link Historic England)
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Date Taken
Friday, 29 April, 2016   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 30 April, 2016
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Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  People, Events 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 838 981 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.7839N 2:14.7070W
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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