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

Gladstone Memorial Fountain


Type Fountain

     Cadw report: 3-sided stone fountain in municipal Renaissance style with a dedication plaque in south face. Relief portraits of Gladstone and his wife in roundels, in west and east faces respectively. Swagged surrounds. Classical flaming urn finial. Base with moulded plinth and scrolled corners. Above these are a sculpted, armed putto sitting astride a dolphin, and at the other corners griffins bearing the arms of the Glynnes and the Gladstones. Acanthus decoration to lower sections with central lozenges containing lion's heads. Fountain now disused.
     Erected by the people of Hawarden to commemorate the golden wedding of W.E. Gladstone and his wife in 1889. It was unveiled on 29 December 1890, the former's 81st birthday. Designed and sculpted by Edward Griffith of Chester after a public competition.
     W.E. Gladstone married Catherine Glynne of Hawarden Castle in 1839. He lived at the castle from that time, and on the death of the last male representative of the Glynne family in 1874, W.H. Gladstone, the Prime Minister's eldest ston, succeeded to the estate.


Carved out of stone running around three faces of fountain: DRINK YE THE WATER OF LIFE Incised on left-hand side of stone plaque on south face of fountain: 1839 Incised on right-hand side of stone plaque on south face of fountain: 1888 Incised on stone plaque on south face of fountain: THIS FOUNTAIN / WAS ERECTED BY / PARISHIONERS OF HAWARDEN, IN COMMEMORATION OF THE / GOLDEN WEDDING / OF WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE, / AND / CATHERINE GLADSTONE, / JULY 25. 1889. / AS A SLIGHT TOKEN OF THE / ADMIRATION AND AFFECTION / INSPIRED BY RESIDENCE / OF FIFTY YEARS. I

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Griffith, Chester, Edward Sculptor
Griffith, Chester, Edward Designer
Hastings, Donald Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Stone 457cm high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Other
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road B5125
Precise location At the cross-roads in the centre of village, situated in centre of road
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ315657
Date of design 1889-1890
Year of unveiling 1890
Unveiling details Unveiled 29 December 1890
Commissioned by Inhabitants of Hawarden
Duty of care Flintshire County Council
Listing status II
At risk? Not at risk

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