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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Mary Short Memorial Fountain

Summary

Type Fountain

     Granite fountain with piers at either end. Parapet with foliage decoration around border. Inscription on central panel within border. Lions head to centre. Small circular slate disc with crossed keys to right of lion. Bolt with first link of chain, rest missing between lions head and slate disc.Scalloped low basin to front surmounted by metal-work.
          The memorial was built in 1865 by Bishop Vowler Short in memory of his wife Mary, to provide a supply of water to local citizens who at that time had no piped water. The fountain was originally in Mount Road and was moved to its present position in the early 1900s after piped water was provided in 1898. St Asaph Town Council restored the fountain in 1993.

Inscriptions

Inscription in raised lettering on cast-iron plaque on top front of fountain: SINCE THIS FOUNTAIN WAS ERECTED, A SUPPLY / OF WATER HAS BEEN LAID ON THROUGHOUT THE CITY, AND IN CONSEQUENCE THE FOUNTAIN IS / NOT USED. THE INCOME OF "MARY SHORT'S / FOUNTAIN TRUST" IS NOW APPLIED IN / RELIEVING THE POOR OF THE WATER RATE. / JANUARY 1898. Carved as part of foliage border around central panel: MARY SHORT Inscised on central panel: JESUS SAID WHOSOEVER DRINKETH OF THIS WATER / SHALL THIRST AGAIN BUT WHOSOEVER DRINKETH / OF THE WATER THAT I SHALL GIVE HIM SHALL / NEVER THIRST. BUT THE WATER THAT I SHALL / GIVE HIM SHALL BE IN HIM A WELL OF WATER / SPRINGING UP UNTO EVERLASTING LIFE. / JOHN .13.14. Incised under lion's head on central panel: LET HIM THAT IS ATHIRST COME AND / WHOSOEVER WILL, LET HIM TAKE OF / THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY. / REVELATION. XXII.17. Inscription in raised lettering on cast-iron plaque set on small stone pedestal on right-hand side of fountain: THE MARY SHORT / FOUNTAIN / ERECTED IN 1865 BY / BISHOP VOWLER SHORT / IN THE MEMORY OF HIS / WIFE / RESTORED IN 1993 BY / ST ASAPH TOWN COUNCIL / WITH THE AID OF / GENEROUS DONATIONS

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Known, Not ---

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Granite 235cm high x 323cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
DENBIGH005 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • None
Road High Street
Precise location Roadside (n. side) at east end of bridge
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ036742
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1865
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Bishop Vowler Short
Duty of care Denbighshire County Council
Listing status II
At risk? Not at risk

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