National Recording Project


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

Drinking fountain


Type Fountain

     Granite fountain on stepped pedestal. Upper part of fountain is polished granite with four pointed arch openings into fountain. Shaped 'roof' surmounted by iron finial.
     The Rowland family were local benefactors and the fountain was commissioned by Mrs. Rowland, c.1863.
     Information from Neath Library: 'John Henry Rowland, JP, of Ffrwd Dwryfelin, had been a leading figure in Neath banking circles. He also served as a local magistrate, a harbour commissioner and High Sheriff of the county. He served as Mayor of Neath on four separate occasions.'


Inscription on white stone set into front of fountain; NB very indistinct and difficult to read. The only decipherable words are: FOUNTAIN / ERECTED BY An information sheet from the local library suggests that the inscription reads: DRINKING FOUNTAIN. THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED BY MRS ROWLAND OF THIS TOWN, WIFE OF JOHN ROWLAND, BANKER 1863

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Granite 274cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Biological growth
  • Metallic staining
Structural condition
  • Other
  • Broken, missing parts
  • Graffiti
Road Victoria Gardens
Precise location Close to main entrance to gardens
A-Z ref None
OS ref SS754974
Date of design None
Year of unveiling c.1863
Unveiling details c.1863
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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