National Recording Project


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

Bebington Fountain


Type Fountain

     Symmetrical four-sided drinking fountain with projecting drinking bowls to each side. Water originally discharged through carved heads over each bowl. There are four upper bowls and four lower fountains for dogs. The is a gable roof above each bowl, the face being decorated with faces of putti in scrolling. The entire piece stands on a hexagonal three tier base. It was originally fitted with a cast iron lamp standard.
     The history of this monument is obscure. Charles Hill is known only as a merchant with Liverpool offices. Charles Hill was a cotton broker of the firm Hill and Sons in Rumford Place, Liverpool. He lived at 'The Oaklands' in Townfield Lane, Bebington. He died in May 1879. The fountain originally stood in the middle of the road in approximately the present position. It was moved to nearby Mayer Park in 1905, and re-erected in present position in January 1997.


On the each of the faces is the following, in an anti-clockwise fashion:THE GIFT OF/CHARLES HILL Esq./OF THE OAKLANDS/AD MDCCCLXIII

Contributor details

Contributor Role
known, Not Not Known

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Fountain Sandstone 270cm high x 850cm square
Upper Drinking Bowls Pink granite Projects out by 25cm.
Plinth None 350cm wide.
Steps None 15cm wide x 5cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road The Village
Precise location Junction of the Village and Heath Road, in the centre of a new traffic roundabout
A-Z ref 4D 107
OS ref None

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

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1863
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Don't know
At risk? Not at risk

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