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

RSPCA Fountain

Summary

Type Fountain

     Fountain consisting of two tiered circular stone column with two basins, a smaller one at the top of the column quatrefoil in shape and a second one, larger, halfway down, also quatrefoil. Column is decorated with female faces and vegetal forms carved into the surface. The column stands in an octagonal stone basin from which four iron water spouts in the form of an animal/bird heads project from the sides (I missing). Octagonal basin sits within larger circular basin resting on ground. Elaborate iron framework extends from lowest circular basin. Composed of four columns, tightly packed at base, opening out into three shafts and curving inwards at the top to form intersecting arches, supporting a circular frame suspended over the fountain. (see inscription) Columns are decorated with various linear and vegetal forms and four lanterns suspended at the top outer edges level with and connected to the circular frame by brackets on which sit four small dragons with wings and lolling tongues.
          Celebrates and commemorates work of local RSPCA branch. Originally called the 'Cattle Fountain'.

Inscriptions

Around edge of circular iron frame above fountain, picked out in gold: ERECTED BY THE RICHMOND/BRANCH OF THE ROYAL/SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION/OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS On small bronze plaque on side of octagonal basin: THE PLAYING OF THIS FOUNTAIN WAS RESUMED TO MARK THE CORONATION OF THEIR MAJESTIES KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH ON THE 12TH MAY 1937

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Not known, None Foundry worker
Collcutt, Thomas Edward Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
upper column and top basin stone 65 cms (h) x 42 cms (w) across widest part
middle basin(s) (rounded square) stone 110 cms (l) x 110 cms (w)
lower basin (octagonal) stone 56 cms (h) x 183 cms (l) x 183 cms (w)
bottom basin (circular) stone 56 cms (h) x 415 cms (diameter)
middle column stone 117 cms (h) x ? (diameter)
framework (each column) iron (painted black w. gold detailing) 300 cms (h) approx. x 17 cms (w)

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
RH13 SWL
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Accretions
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • Other
Vandalism
Road Roundabout intersection of Star and Garter Hill, Richmond Hill and Queen's Road
Precise location On road, centre of circular paved section, top of Richmond Hill
A-Z ref p.9, F4
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1901
Unveiling details 1901
Commissioned by RSPCA Richmond Branch
Duty of care RSPCA? LB Richmond on Thames?
Listing status II
At risk? Don't know

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